The BFAC is a group of alumni, staff and board members that help the Fellowship staff review applications, interview potential Fellows and find the best class possible. Without them this process wouldn’t be possible – in short, they’re pretty great. Learn a little bit more about our 2016 BFAC members below.
2017 Bus Fellows Advisory Committee Members:
Amber Rose Jimenez serves as the Racial Equity and Arts Commission Coordinator for the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, advancing social justice and ensuring that all residents benefit from a vibrant, creative community. Previously, she worked at Seattle Foundation, where she oversaw the strategy and project management of Community Programs initiatives and grantmaking. Throughout her career, Amber Rose has worked to activate investments in youth-driven democracy, mobilize voters for progressive political campaigns, and catalyze grassroots nonprofit development efforts. She is the current Chair of the KEXP Community Advisory Board and participates in a collective impact fund, Present Purpose Network. She is a former Seattle Arts Commissioner, Board Member at Capitol Hill Housing Foundation, and Chair of The Vera Project Board of Directors. She studied Political Science and Philosophy at Seattle Pacific University.
Ander Lyon is a poet, community organizer, and lover of the outdoors. Ander is committed to social and racial justice and works to engage folks through arts, education, and community building. After completing the Bus Fellowship in 2013, Ander has remained active in community organizing with the Washington Bus, the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites, FEEST, and Gender Justice League. In addition, Ander works to support poetry & artistry through groups like Youth Speaks Seattle and Rain City Poetry Slam.
Jessica Jones first got involved in political activism by joining the fight for reproductive justice. After interning with a few progressive groups around town she hopped on the Bus in 2014, and now works as the Development and Operations Manager, keeping things at the Bus office running smoothly while collaborating on some of the coolest fundraising events in town. When not at the Bus, you’re likely to find Jessica following her favorite local bands with unmitigated passion, planning her next camping trip, or day dreaming about starting an all-girl KISS cover band (they’re legendary, don’t judge).
Manuel Sigüenza is a recent graduate of Seattle University, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He started his journey with the Bus in 2013 as a Campus Organizer at Seattle University and moved on to be a Bus Fellow in 2014. Given his Arizona roots, he is passionate about racial justice, immigrants’ rights, and workers’ rights. In his spare time, Manuel loves to bike around the city, experiment with his cooking skills, play drums with any and all musicians and make really bad attempts at jokes.
Sarah L. Servin is a native of Seattle growing up with the Fremont Troll, the gum wall and The Stranger. A former Bus Fellow (c/o 2012), Sarah’s interests lie in community empowerment and equity. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College, she worked for Senator Maria Cantwell in Washington D.C. Sarah moved back to Seattle to work proudly as the Washington State Field Director for the Hillary Campaign. She currently works for Congressman Adam Smith and enjoys exploring the Seattle food scene.
Sera Day comes to the BFAC as a former Fellow (class of 2010), former Bus Fellows staff, and current Bus Board President. She currently serves as Legislative Aide to City Council Member Tim Burgess. She credits the WA Bus for launching her foray into local politics, and is thrilled to bring more incredible young people into the Bus Family.