Alexander Reeser, 20, is a rising Junior at Claremont McKenna College majoring in Government with a sequence in Leadership. Raised in the small town of Marshfield, WI, he loves being able to study in warm, sunny Southern California. At school, Al is a member of the CMC student senate and plays violin in the Claremont Concert Orchestra. During the summers he volunteers as a City-Counselor at Badger Boys State. He is very excited to be a Washington Bus Fellow and looks forward to spending his summer in Seattle.
Angela Tang is first generation US American born and raised in Seattle. She is a 2013 GSBA scholar who currently attends Whitman College and is an upcoming sophomore. Her academic interests range from psychology, economics, and Chinese. On campus, she works with GLBTQ and the Intercultural Center to promote advocacy and community. In her spare time, Angela loves to cook, explore restaurants, and take food pictures to upload on Instagram.
Dahlton Madison grew up in the Yakima Valley and began attending Heritage University in 2013. He is a member of the Act Six Leadership initiative and aims to improve lives by working to communicate and provoke action within others. Dahlton is a psychology major and plans to study political psychology as a future graduate student. He is ecstatic to be a part of the Bus and welcomes new experiences with a desire to learn from others.
Gladys Gitau is a sophomore Politics major at Whitman College in Walla Walla, although originally from Lawrence, Massachusetts. A fast-walking and fast-talking East Coaster at heart, Gladys is just getting used to the laid back culture of the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not in class or hanging out with her residents at the Writing Interest House where she is a resident assistant, she is engaged in the Black Student Union or interning at the Intercultural Center. Otherwise, Gladys spends her time performing with the slam poetry team or dancing with her friends.
Hodan Hassan was born and mostly raised in East Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya). She moved to the US when she was 10 and has been living in Seattle ever since. Currently, Hodan is rocking her last year at the University of Washington studying Political Science. She graduates in the spring, she hopes to travel for a while before making her last stop in education: Law School!
Jared Wright is a member of Pacific Lutheran University’s class of 2014, majoring in Political Science and Global Studies and minoring in Hispanic Studies. Jared is passionate about community involvement and politics, putting this commitment into practice by teaching in an after-school Spanish program in Tacoma’s Fern Hill Elementary and also serving as an intern in Congressman Derek Kilmer’s 2012 campaign in Washington’s 6th district. He loves adventure, making music playlists, playing guitar, and hopelessly rooting for the Seattle Mariners.
John Flanagan is 22 years old and calls the “wicked awesome” city of Boston home. He is currently a senior at the University of Washington, intending to graduate this coming Fall as an English and LSJ (Law Societies and Justice) double-major. John spends most of his time exercising, playing pick-up basketball, or volunteering with kids at local high schools and is part of Camp Kesem on the UW campus. John’s knowledge of Harry Potter trivia is unrivaled.
Jasmine Karpelman is a 19 year old San Diego native who spent a huge portion of her childhood traveling, but finally settled down in Kirkland, WA. A recent graduate of Juanita High School, she took a couple of years off from school to buy her first house and get married. She currently works as a caregiver for three autistic little boys. Jasmine has worked extensively with Planned Parenthood and enjoys participating with organizations that specialize in working with special needs children.
Karen Fierro was born in Jalisco, Mexico but raised in Sumner, Washington since the age of 5. As a freshman at Whitworth University, Karen is majoring in Political Science: Pre-Law and minoring in Women’s Gender Studies. She’s very involved with the Latino Leadership club and loves to dance. She has always been politically active and as an undocumented student, she hopes to give back to the Hispanic community.
Kseniya Husak is an American-Ukrainian philosopher, accountant and an avid Seattleite. During her college years, she was involved with the Washington Bus as a writer for Hella Bus, but she simply couldn’t get enough of it so she decided to join as a fellow. After graduating college, she went to India to teach English, explored the Himalayas and drank a lot of chai while discussing politics with Tibetans. In her free time, Kseniya likes to memorize jazz standards and help out at KBCS 91.3. She aspires to work in the field of Education Policy and own an ice-cream shop.
Luis Arellano is originally from Guerrero, Mexico but has been living in Kent, WA since he was six years old. Currently, Luis is a senior at the University of Washington majoring in Medical Anthropology and Global Health. When he is not hard at work studying, you can find Luis lifting at the local gym.
Manuel Sigüenza is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and attends Seattle University as a rising junior with a Political Science and Spanish double major with a minor in Philosophy. While in Phoenix, he worked closely with different organizations with the hope to change the political climate of the Grand Canyon State and to be a voice for immigrants. Coming from a migrant Salvadorean family, he enjoys many facets of Latin American culture, especially the music and the food.
Masra Clamoungou was born and raised in Seattle and is a graduating senior at Franklin High School. He loves to play baseball, bake goodies and ride his bike. He’s currently in his second year of involvement with a youth mentoring program called the Service Board. tSB is like his second family and he loves it. Fun fact: Masra has done a backflip on some Mayan ruins in Guatemala.
Moses Chege was born in Nairobi, Kenya, Moses immigrated to the United States at 6 years old. He entered the political arena after graduating high school and discovering his status as undocumented student barred him from state and federal higher education financial aid. He was a key advocate for the REAL Hope Act, a bill giving undocumented students equal access to the state need grant for college. Moses will be attending Whitworth University this fall on a full Act Six scholarship. Smart and polite, he really puts the gent in intelligent!
Raman Khanna is a 22 year old graduating Seattle University student from Las Vegas majoring in Political Science. He is an active member the 37th Legislative District, fromer VP of debate (so he likes to talk), and was lucky enough to spend time in DC & Olympia. Raman has a passion for community based politics, loves to laugh, and hopes to have a positive impact on those around him. He is a bit of a comedy nerd, an American history fanatic, and a lover of bacon.
Renee Ambacher was born and raised in Edmonds, Washington, but until recently couldn’t stay in one spot. Having most recently lived in Washington D.C., she can’t get rid of the political bug, inspired by her internship with Senator Maria Cantwell’s office. In her free time, Renee watches too much Doctor Who, makes endless Harry Potter references, and dreams of a career with NPR. A recent graduate with degrees in Political Science and Spanish, she is excited to get involved with the Washington community and help create some positive change!
Ryan Turner was born and raised in the great little city of Kent, Washington. He’s currently a freshman at the University of Washington majoring in Political Science. He loves history, especially American political history; his favorite types of book to read are books about Abraham Lincoln. He has a passion for helping others through the political process, and can’t wait to get on the Bus!
Samantha Thompson considers Fidalgo Island her home, although she spent her first seven years in Spokane, Washington. Now living in Bellingham, she is a junior at Western Washington University, where she is studying Political Science, Journalism, and Arabic. She’s obsessed with Errol Morris, Russian literature, and dolmades. After graduating from Western, she plans to study intellectual property law.
Sayda Valentina Morales was born and raised in the South Bronx, NY. As a daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico and Honduras, Sayda grew up speaking both Spanish and English and expressing her multi-national identity through dance and spoken word. She is currently a senior at Whitman College majoring in Sociology with a minor in Art History and Visiual Culture Studies. She is incredibly excited to continue to advocate for prison, immigration and education reform, as well as learn more about state politics!
Shea Gorman is a junior at Washington State University, where he studies pre-law political science. He is originally from Spokane Valley, Washington and has been politically active since the seventh grade. Shea originally got involved with LGBT community and founded East Valley School district’s first GSA. Shea has been highly involved with the Close Up program and many other organizations. He loves to read romance books and work out in his free time. He’s a sucker for romance and can speak Gaelic.