2016 Bus Fellows:
Anna Jacobsen was born and raised in Seattle Washington. Before moving away for college, she attended Garfield High School. Through her educational and professional experiences, she has aimed to remain accountable to the community she’s from. As of now, Anna has spent the past four years predominantly at Middlebury College in Vermont studying Psychology. There, she works at the John Graham Homeless Shelter. Anna also coordinates with the Addison County Transportation Resources and Migrant Justice, a farmworker activist collective, to create a Vermont state grant for a more inclusive transportation service. Last summer, Anna interned with SEIU 1199, a union representing healthcare workers in the Pacific Northwest. In her free time Anna enjoys reading poetry, over-sharing details of her personal life on her college radio show, and traipsing around with friends.
Anna Main grew up in Bellevue, Washington and will be a sophomore at Whitman College in the fall. Her academic interests include politics and art. On campus, she is active within the adopt-a-grandparent program and in her free time she enjoys listening to music, eating, and dancing (even though she is a terrible dancer).
Anna Zheng is a first generation college student and attends Whitman College, majoring in Gender Studies. Originally from a suburban town in Kansas, she now calls the Pacific Northwest her home. At Whitman, she is involved with the Power & Privilege Symposium and on-campus groups to end racism and make the campus a more welcoming place for minority voices. In her free time, she likes to drink coffee, dye her hair, take photos of her friends, and blog about life.
Anthony Bencivengo has lived in Seattle all his life, interrupted only by his current status as an Environmental Policy major at Reed College. He has done work with a smorgasbord of activist groups from Statewide Poverty Action Network to ShellNo. After interning with Kshama Sawant’s city council re-election campaign in 2015, he is currently doing student organizing for Socialist Alternative and seeking to use voter engagement as a tool for intersectional movement building. Besides political revolution, Anthony enjoys backpacking, intense board gaming, Ultimate Frisbee and binge-watching “Last Week Tonight“.
Aretha Basu is a current Junior at the University of Washington Bothell. She is majoring in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior. She is involved in her student government as the Director of Student Advocacy. Outside of school, she has been active in anti-racist organizing, she is 1 of 4 founders of Women of Color for Systemic Change. WOCFSC has organized a number of protests,and has been working with other local orgs on the NO New Youth Jail campagin. Fun Fact: she is on a Bollywood Dance team and have been a dancer since 2008.
Bridget Williams is from North Seattle and resides in Bellingham where she is a Junior at Western Washington University. Bridget is a Political Science major with a focus on foreign policy. She is the Outreach Coordinator for the Representation and Engagement Programs Office at Western, is a member of the Legislative Affairs Council, and Western Votes! Bridget is on track to finishing out her Senior year in Nagoya, Japan this Fall.
Dulce Armas was born and raised in San Francisco, California but now calls Des Moines, Washington home. Dulce is currently a sophomore at Highline College where she has completed her AA. She works at her school’s Center for Leadership & Service which centers around diversity, inclusion and social justice. Dulce is one of the founders of an on-campus club, Latinxs Unidxs the goal of which is to educate and explore identities within the Latinx community. Her love for soccer brought her to Washington state but the green landscape, arts and culture have inspired her to stay longer to complete her BA in Business Human Resources with a minor in Sociology. You can find Dulce sun bathing with a Sandra Cisneros book in her hand.
Gigi Huang was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, a country that is still fighting for independence. She moved to Seattle in the fall of 2014. Her upbringing has made her a freedom fighter, a social justice warrior and an activist. She identifies herself as a feminist who constantly fights against gender roles, patriarchy and for trans rights. Pursuing a degree in social work, Gigi is passionate about the criminal justice system, prison laborers, anti-capital punishment, decriminalizing poverty and addictions. You will find her volunteering around the King County area, specifically alongside people without residency. She is always down for a deep conversation about civil rights movements and Black Lives Matter. Gigi’s gift is crying and it never stops amazing people- from human beings’ personal stories to Disney movies, anything could touch her heart.
Justin Puckett was born in Indiana but has lived in California, Tennessee, and Airzona. He currently lives in Olympia, Washington and has graduated from Olympia High school. He plans on going to Evergreen State College where he will major in Economics and minor in political science. He has worked for Congressmen Denny Heck and has worked as in intern to elect Jesscica Bateman to City Council.
Katherine Cabrera Hunt is a Philadelphia native, and is currently a rising junior at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She is double majoring in French Studies and Government and is a part of the Executive Board for 3 political organizations on campus: Students Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity (SOBHU), WOCA (Women of Color Alliance), and Pugh Community Board (PCB). She continuously stays engaged in activism throughout the semester by her studies, but also through her organizations’ programming which fosters diversity and inclusion. Last summer, she campaigned for LGBTQ+ rights right before the big marriage equality victory. In her free time you can catch her watching Buzzfeed food videos or trying the recipes out! Moving forward, she hopes to use the Washington Bus Fellowship to expand her horizons as she hopes to study abroad the Spring of 2017 in Marseille, France.
Lili Wolfe is from Olympia, WA, where she will be graduating both from high school and community college, then transferring to The Evergreen State College in the fall. A self proclaimed “theory nerd”, it is no surprise she will be studying Law and Public Policy during her time there. Throughout her senior year of high school she worked two jobs, one at Stonewall Youth and another at the SPSCC Student Senate. She enjoys petting dogs, plotting the fall of capitalism, and spending too much money on clothes (irony intended).
Maya Manus is a senior attending Washington State University studying Political Science Pre-Law and Comparative Ethnic Studies. She is heavily involved on her campus, being on cabinet for Black Student Union, and being President of National Pan-Hellenic Council of WSU and President of her Sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She is passionate about having a political voice because she believes through policy one can enact social justice. She has been nomadic since she has been a child and just calls all Western Washington her home. Maya loves music just as much as she loves politics listening to various different genres and artists. During her free time, she usually binge watches anti-hero television shows such as Dexter and Nurse Jackie, watching make-up tutorials or playing Pokémon.
Michael Angelo Pugal, yes he was named after the ninja turtle, was born and raised in South Seattle. He grew up through the southend Seattle public school system attending John Muir, Asa Mercer Middle School, and Franklin High School. He’s worked with an amazing Non-profit, called AGE-UP, where they bridge social justice, youth empowerment, youth leadership, and some ultimate frisbee for youth in South Seattle, specifically women of color to do rad and powerful things in the world and their hood. He plays a lot of frisbee and always smells food before he eats em!