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Chris Lampkin is the Political Director for SEIU Healthcare 1199NW. He works to empower the 30,000 RN’s Healthcare and Behavioral Health workers of his union to grow their voice and lift standards for their communities. Chris loves working with the Bus because young people don’t want you to save the world for them, they want the tools to do it themselves. The Bus gives them those tools.
Justin Puckett is currently a junior at Gonzaga University majoring in Political Science. He formerly sat on the Evergreen State College Board of Trustees and was heavily involved as a student at Evergreen State College, where he previously studied. Justin is a former Bus Fellow (Class of 2016) and is excited to continue to work with the Bus to uplift young people’s voices in the political process.
Osta Davis (She/Her) got her start in politics as a Bus Fellow (’13) and credits the Bus for sparking her passion for civic engagement. Since the fellowship, Osta has organized for a higher minimum wage in SeaTac, served as a Legislative Assistant in Olympia, and learned about education policy as a Government Affairs Specialist at K&L Gates. In her current role as the Political Director of the House Democratic Campaign Committee, Osta works with candidates and incumbents to retain and strengthen the Democratic majority in the State Legislature. Osta cares about the Bus because creating avenues for engagement and transformative leadership development will literally save the planet. Osta is a lifelong Washingtonian and currently lives in Tacoma.
Parker Butterworth is a ten-year political campaign veteran who is experienced in fundraising, messaging, paid media advertising and campaign management. Parker has directly worked for candidates across America, such as helping elect Governor John Kitzhaber (OR) – the only Democrat to win election in a Republican “wave” year, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales (OR) as well as Assemblywoman Lucy Flores (NV) campaign for Lt. Governor. As a campaign fundraiser, Parker has raised millions of dollars for progressive candidates up and down the ballot. In addition to cooking up award-winning direct mail, Parker is an avid home chef! Parker graduated from The George Washington University and from the Seattle Culinary Academy, whose mascot was the Fighting Spork.
Samara Parra (She/Her/Hers) currently works as the Civic Engagement Manager at OneAmerica, an immigrant-rights organization. She leads the voter registration program and manages the organization’s political campaigns. Samara’s passion for immigrant and refugee rights rose from her own experience as an immigrant from Colombia and her fight for justice keeps getting stronger by working with youth who experience the same challenges she once faced. She cares about the Bus’s mission to develop the skills of young people who will take charge of making changes in their communities. In her free time, you can find Samara exploring the city with friends, reading, swimming, and just being awesome.
Sera Day (she/her) has been involved in the Bus since she participated in the Summer Fellowship in 2010, and joined the board in 2014. She currently works in community engagement at Seattle IT after spending time in the Mayor’s Office and at the Seattle City Council. She moonlights as a political consultant with her firm CD Strategic, which centers candidates and communities of color in electoral and advocacy campaigns. She loves the Bus for its ability to make politics and leadership fun and accessible to young people, and credits the Bus for giving her the confidence and skills to start doing this work. When she finds free time, Sera loves running long distances and traveling to sunny places.
Shaine Truscott (she/her) is the Director of Member Programs at SEIU 775 and a lifetime Washingtonian. She spends her days working to improve the wages, benefits and working conditions of 45,000 long-term caregivers, and helping develop their leadership and activism. When she’s not working, Shaine is involved in the local music and arts community. Shaine believes that politics should be fun, and if they aren’t, we’re doing something wrong.
Tiffany Mendoza (she/her) is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Front & Centered – an environmental justice coalition led by communities of color. For over a decade, Tiffany has worked with advocacy organizations, community leaders, and elected officials for progressive change such as Washington Conservation Voters and Fuse Washington. Most recently, she worked with a female led national political consulting firm called Moxie Media to defeat anti-transgender efforts as a consultant for Washington Won’t Discriminate, pass Initiative 124 to protect hotel workers from sexual harassment, and helped craft the Transform Washington narratives project. Currently, she is working with F&C to breakdown the cultural and language barriers to voting and help pass statewide environmental justice policies to address health disparities in frontline communities.