Abhilasha Bhola is a 19 year old resident of Gig Harbor, Washington, is currently a sophomore at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She is currently a Diplomacy and World Affairs major and Critical Theories of Social Justice minor. Abhilasha enjoys basking in the Southern California sun, participating in Vagina Monologues and being a member of the chapter of Amnesty International on Campus.
Alexandra Ricks grew up in Seattle, WA and is majoring in Latin American Studies and History at Wesleyan University, where she is a rising sophomore. On campus she is an active member of several social justice and diversity focused student groups. She is a bit of a Civil War buff, a super sports fan, and a traveler. One day she hopes to take her passion for activism into a career as a human rights advocate or union organizer.
Alisha Agard was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She currently attends Whitman College where she is studying Sociology and Psychology. She enjoys watching documentaries that focus on social issues and hopes to one day film her own.
Ander Lyon is a wanderlust, slam poet and political activist. After journeying for three months through seven countries in the summer of 2011, Ander landed in Seattle. Since arriving they worked as an advocate for equality with organizations such as Ingersoll Gender Center and the University of Washington’s Queer Mentor Program and have competed on the University of Washington’s Slam Poetry Team. Ander actively works to maintain a non-judgmental spirit and believes in empowering diverse voices.
Anika Glass will be graduating this winter from Pacific Lutheran University. She is majoring in Business Administration, concentrating in Human Resources and Management, minoring in Communications. An advocate for diversity, leadership and educational empowerment, she is actively involved in the South Puget Sound and Tacoma Public School Districts through her work at MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement). In Anika’s spare time she loves watching TED talks, listening to hip hop, basketball, reading, cooking, and traveling.
Brandy Sincyr was born in Fort Worth, Texas but is a life long and proud Northwesterner. She graduated from Tacoma School of the Arts in 2009 and studied Political Science at Seattle Pacific University. This last Winter she interned in Senator Murray’s office in DC and partnered with National Association of Homeless Children and Youth as a homeless youth advocate. One of her most prized skills from living in DC is scouting out receptions with free food. She loves people, community, and geeks out over local public policy. She is excited to spend the beautiful Seattle Summer with the Washington Bus Team.
Joshua Parrish was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho. He is an incoming junior at American University in Washington, D.C. where he studies Political Science and Public Policy. His favorite college experience (so far) was meeting Vice President Joseph Biden at his residence in DC. He loves Lady Gaga, hiking, and being with his family. He absolutely cannot wait to meet all of the talented, passionate people at the Washington Bus!
Juan-Giovanni Williams-Harris grew up primarily in Rainer Valley and Crown Hill, Seattle. He loves to read novels and some of his favorite authors include Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman, and Richard K. Morgan. He attends Franklin High School. This summer (when he is not at the Washington Bus or visiting The Service Board) he would love to perform more rap pieces, record raps, and learn how to produce so he can release his own mixtape titled ‘Anime & Hardwork’. In the future he hopes to teach literature & write a novel.
Julia Levy is a junior at the College of Idaho majoring in Political Economy. She is an active participant in Student Senate and is also the Treasurer of the Drum Line Club which she co-founded. Julia has a passion for Civil Rights and hopes to work towards a more equitable and just America. In her spare time she enjoys film making, baking, and debating with her friends, family and professors.
Kasey Iranon is a 21 year old from the tiny town of Edgewood, Washington. She just finished her junior year at the University of Washington and is studying Marketing and Political Science. The highlight of her college experience so far was getting to travel and sightsee around Ireland last summer. Besides traveling, she enjoys eating, dancing, and geeking out over Game of Thrones. Kasey has always been interested in politics and public policy but was never quite sure how to get involved and so she is very excited to meet everyone on the Bus and start this exciting journey!
Nick Jaech grew up in the small town of Camas, Washington. At age 18 he made the trek up to Seattle where he studies International Studies and Political Science at the University of Washington. He has a specific interest in social policies around the world, as well as issues surrounding gender, sexuality, race, and intersecting identities. He currently works as a Resident Adviser and has an undeniable obsession with Chipotle burritos.
Maya Ramakrishnan grew up in Seattle and just finished her first year at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She is a Government and Music double major, and enjoys snowshoeing, greek yogurt, and Frank Sinatra.
Michael Padilla grew up in Woodinville Washington and is a 2013 graduate from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He loves to read books, play his guitar and hopes to one day make a positive impact in the world through the United Nations. A fun fact is that his favorite snack is a delicious combination of tortillas, crunchy peanut butter and hot sauce.
Mindy Huang was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. After her first taste of the outdoors, she spent the subsequent summers backpacking in Tibet and Indonesia, studying art, inequality and traditional medicine. She discovered her passion for social justice and environmental sustainability while abroad and is currently a Sociology major with minors in Asian Studies and Studio Art at Colorado College. She loves dogs, slam poetry, learning new languages and eating copious amounts of mee goreng.
Osta Davis is born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She recently graduated from Whitman College with a degree in Politics. Two of her favorite things include working with kids in the Walla Walla Public schools and talking about Canada. Fun fact: since the age of five, Osta has swam across Lake Washington each summer.
Ryan Hulsey was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and spent his childhood pretending to be a dinosaur. He is a recent graduate from the University of Washington where he majored in Political Science and the Comparative History of Ideas. As an undergraduate, he was involved with helping others discover their voice, researching education policy, and playing music with the UW Dream Project, TEDxUofW, and 90.3 KEXP.
Scott Ferron is currently a junior at Stanford majoring in Public Policy. He has a passion for the law and recently spent a quarter in Washington, D.C. working with the Department of Justice. He’s excited to learn more about how politics works in the Washington where he was born and raised, and can’t wait to get on the Bus!
ShaLuJuan (Shay) Williams grew up in the city of Tacoma, where she first recognized the importance of civic engagement, and the vital role young people play within the process. She is a member of the 2013 graduating class of Henry Foss High School and is a political enthusiast, art admirer, social activists, aspiring explorer, life long learner and sports fanatic.
Tony Grettenberger was born and raised in Michigan. He is a recent graduate from Central Michigan University where he studied Political Science and Public Administration. During his senior year at CMU, Tony was elected Treasurer of the Student Government Association. Tony has also been active in Michigan politics including an internship with a State Senator, another internship with the Michigan Senate Caucus and serving as Treasurer for a State Representative Candidate. His favorite food is vanilla ice cream with homemade chocolate chip cookies!