Staff & Board
Samantha Gladu believes in addressing power inequities by building representative and progressive leadership. She got her start in Oregon politics after completing New Leadership Oregon in 2012, and has since worked on statewide and legislative district campaigns and as Chief of Staff to two Oregon legislators. With a degree in community development and a background of reproductive health advocacy, Samantha has worked on issues globally at the United Nations as a Planned Parenthood Global Youth Advocacy Fellow, regionally as board vice president for the Northwest Abortion Access Fund, and in both chambers of the legislature. She also serves as a member of the NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon board of directors and was a founding board member and co-director of New Leaders Council Portland. When she’s not working to make the world a better place, Samantha is playing bass in her feminist punk bands, cuddling her dog Pierre, or sampling the best of Oregon’s food, wine and beer with her spouse Zach.
Maddie is from Redmond, Washington but has loved living in Oregon for the last five years. She developed an affection for politics after an internship at the Oregon State Capitol where she witnessed Oregon becoming the second state to offer free community college to high school graduates. Maddie graduated from Willamette University in 2017 with a BA in Politics and Spanish. She is especially passionate about education, writing her thesis on why politicians are failing American teachers. She comes to The Bus from College Possible, where she worked as a Community Partners Team AmeriCorps member. Outside the office, you’ll likely find Maddie at a trivia or board game night, hiking, reading, or trying to drag her friends to square dancing.
Isabela is a queer Latina youth advocate and educator that grew up in East Portland who has always known and believed in the power, passion, and knowledge of young people. During high school, she and four other students started the non-profit, Youth Ending Slavery, focused on raising awareness about modern-day slavery and encouraging youth to be advocates for change. This experience not only empowered her to see the power and strength of young people but instilled the importance of community work to bring about social and political transformation. Through continued volunteerism at Verde, SOLVE, and Habitat for Humanity, and her education in the Community Development undergraduate program at PSU, she was able to see a different and positive future for brown and black communities, the political system, and the natural world. In addition to her love for all things justice related, she also enjoys chasing sun spots, reading femme centered speculative fiction novels, and eating anything made out of potatoes (especially curly fries and ajiaco).
Giovanni Bautista grew up in east Multnomah County, graduating from Reynolds High School in 2018. Currently, he is a rising sophomore at Willamette University, majoring in Politics, Policy, Law, and Ethics. What began as a fascination with public transportation and city planning when he was younger, Giovanni’s interest grew into how public policy and the political process affects communities and individuals. He’s excited to be working as a fellow to develop grassroots organizing skills and meet new people.
Maria “Luly” Torres is a recent graduate from South Salem High School who has dedicated the past four years to advocacy and civic engagement. As an intern for Causa, she helped the efforts to fail Measure 105 as a part of the Oregonians United Against Profiling campaign in order to maintain Oregon’s sanctuary-state status. At school, she revitalized the Latino Club where Latinx students can come together to empower each through leadership development and volunteering within the community.
Hannah is a second year student at Portland Community College. Prior coming to PCC, Hannah served as the Technology Manager for Tigard Youth Advisory Council in the Tigard City Hall, and as a staff writer for Affinity Magazine, which covers topics ranging from politics to intersectional feminism. She is an avid consumer of news and is dedicated to contributing to public awareness of issues and holding those in power accountable. To speak to those passions, she hopes to one day open up her own nonprofit independent news outlet. She has interned with Senator Michael Dembrow and Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, and worked on campaigns in intern and volunteer capacities. During her time at PCC, she has served as the Director of Communications for the District Student Council and is serving as the District Student Council Chair and Student Trustee. Her educational goal is to transfer to a four year university to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Journalism. Hannah enjoys spending her free time writing short stories and socializing with friends and families.
Kenya is the communications coordinator for Fair Shot for All, a nonprofit working to advance race, gender, and economic justice in Oregon. She is a proud daughter of immigrants and first-generation college graduate, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and History from Oregon State University. Born and raised in Oregon, Kenya is determined to bring lasting change to the communities she grew up in. She joined the Bus Board in 2019 because she is passionate about fueling and inspiring future generations to vote for candidates and issues that directly impact their lives. When not in meetings or at work, Kenya is probably checking trending hashtags and deciding what to eat. She also enjoys going to concerts, drinking too much coffee, and cheering on the Blazers.
Wlnsvey’s (yes the spelling with the L is correct) first involvement with politics was in her freshman year of college when she joined the Pacific University’s College Democrats of Oregon. That initial step into politics opened up a whole new world. Wlnsvey has interned and worked for several campaigns, served on different boards, and worked for different organizations including Our Oregon and the Oregon Nurses Association. She currently works in the nonprofit sector providing direct services. Wlnsvey is passionate about issues including immigrants’ rights, addressing the homeless crisis, representation inequalities, and access to healthcare. Outside of meetings and work, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, shoe shopping, and hanging out with her 1-year old dog, Herman – who she is so glad to have met through her time in managing a State Representative campaign. Wlnsvey strongly believes in the importance of the presence of youth voices in the political sphere and as such is happy to serve on this board that advocates for a youth-led environment.
Zoe grew up and Portland but didn’t meet the Bus Project (what was she doing?) until 2015 when she was a Politicorps Fellow and discovered her love for politics and organizing. Now she works in the state capitol as a Legislative Director to a wonderful State Representative. When not working, she is traveling, planning traveling, running or hiking through the woods, or exaggerating her abilities at ping-pong (but seriously she is really good). She is thrilled to be on the Bus Project Board and to help shape the organization that really helped shape her into the person she is today.
Amanda is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs where she was raised on her family’s cattle ranch. She is a proud Navajo, Warm Springs, Wasco, Yakima Woman who will graduate from Portland State University with her BS in Social Work and Minor in Civic Leadership in June 2019. Amanda is actively involved at PSU where is she a member of the United Indigenous Students of higher Education (UISHE), Healing feathers, and Tau Sigma National Honor Society. Amanda is a recent graduate of the 2017-2018 Oregon LEAD Program, and her passion for politics bloomed even more after her time as a 2018 Summer Politicorps Fellow. She walks through life with the teachings from her grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and ancestors before her. She strives to be a lifetime learner and make way for the generations to come after her. When she isn’t working on tasks for school, work or students clubs you can find her playing volleyball at the gym, collaborating with her pals to make Weavers of Unity possible, or playing checkers at home.
Jonathan is a nonprofit administrator who currently works as the Institutional Giving Officer at Cascade Aids Project. Originally from Los Angeles, he moved to Portland in 2005 to attend Lewis & Clark College, where he earned a bachelor’s in sociology. Jonathan joined the Bus Project’s board of directors in 2018 because he believes that engaging young people in our political system creates powerful, positive change. In addition to youth empowerment, he loves long-distance running and his German Shepherd mix, Levi. Jonathan has two hidden talents: opening jars and setting the clock on electronic devices.
Courtney Graham devotes her time to supporting candidates and campaigns that are committed to advancing economic, racial, gender, and reproductive justice for all Oregonians. She has worked on legislative and ballot measure campaigns to raise the minimum wage, hold large corporations accountable, and, most recently, to defeat an anti-abortion ballot measure. Currently, Courtney is a Political Strategist at SEIU Local 503, working on issues such as worker protections and retirement security. She is passionate about serving on the Bus Project board because she believes increasing voter access and expanding opportunity for young Oregonians are key pillars to addressing system inequities and building long-term power.
Joséluis Jimenez Maldonado
Joseluis grew up in Salem, OR where his work in the community inspired him to take political matters into his own hands. Last November, he worked on defending the sanctuary state law in the ballot measure campaign and getting to see the Latino community come together and advocate for their rights was incredible! Joseluis is currently an organizer for Our Oregon, a non- profit that advocates for equitable and just legislation. He is a passionate individual that has an optimistic perspective on what the world could be. He believes that when we unite as an affected community and speak in one voice, there is absolutely no way that they won’t hear us and implement change. Joseluis hopes to bring unique perspectives to the Bus board that help elevate any voice that has been cast aside by decades of systematic racism. Joseluis enjoys long walks on the beach, cute dogs, and exploring the beautiful things Oregon has to offer.
Hayden Miller is a lifelong Oregonian with a passion for his home state. Born in Beaverton and raised in Hood River, Hayden attended Willamette University for one year before leaving school to work in the office of House Speaker Tina Kotek in the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions. During the 2016 election cycle, Hayden worked as a political organizer and spokesman for a statewide ballot measure campaign. He now works in the office of Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, and also serves on the Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC board. Hayden enjoys taking advantage of our state’s beautiful environment by skiing, hiking, and camping. His background growing up in our state has inspired a passion for protecting and preserving the environment that Oregonians know and love, and he is committed to making Oregon a state where all who call it home have access to what they need to be happy, healthy, and successful.
Mahala Ray is the executive director of Willamette Week’s Give!Guide, working with 150 local nonprofits annually to engage young donors and fundraise millions of dollars for the community. She firmly believes that active citizenship in young people is the key to a better future, and puts this at the forefront of her endeavors. During her time as G!G’s executive director, Mahala has secured more than $12 million dollars for Portland nonprofits. Hailing from a smallish city in Nebraska, Mahala has been producing events, advocating for women’s rights and exploring wild places across the Pacific Northwest since 2009.
Sanne Stienstra joined The Bus Project to help build power for young people, especially those from historically marginalized communities, because she believes there is optimism and defiance in youth that is essential to making progressive change! During the day, Sanne works for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on sustainable materials management, which seeks to transform how society thinks about the use of natural resources. Sanne has spent time volunteering and working on racial and economic justice, electing progressive candidates to office, climate change, food waste prevention, and other fun stuff. She usually says that she enjoys reading, cooking, and riding her bike – but if she’s being honest, she mostly likes to eat things other people cook for her, go to happy hour, and soak in a hot tub whenever possible.
Dan Torres joined the board in the summer of 2015 after seeing all the great work the bus did pushing automatic voter registration. A 10 year veteran of labor and campaigns, Dan knows firsthand the importance of engagement and participation having knocked on thousands of doors and registering hundreds of voters across Oregon. As a political coordinator for Oregon AFSCME, Dan advocates daily for working families and the public good. Dan has worked for 4 labor unions over 10 years and strives to bring a lens of worker justice and equity to the board. When not working or busing, Dan spends most of his time as a trainer for the Oregon Labor Candidate School and playing in his polka band, The Polkaticians.
Jake Oken Berg
Amy Sample Ward
Lizzy Atwood Wills
Representative Brent Barton
Cyreena Boston Ashby
Representative Ben Cannon
Senator Lew Frederick