The Washington Bus

Staff

Annie Hout

Annie Hout

Development Director

Annie (She/Her/Hers) was born and raised in Tacoma, WA. She is passionate about the transformative impact of philanthropy. Annie joins the Bus from Seattle University where she spent six years working with donors and volunteers and also earned a master’s in nonprofit leadership. She currently serves on the board of Communities Rise, which fosters movements to build power in communities impacted by systemic oppression. Away from the office, you can find her enjoying friends, family and food, preferably all at the same time.

You can reach Annie by email at annie[at]washingtonbus[dot]org.

Cinthia Illan-Vazquez

Cinthia Illan-Vazquez

Co-Executive Director for Policy and Program

Cinthia (she/her/ella) joins the Bus from her role as Community Engagement Manager at the Center for Education Results where she led and supported various community engagement efforts and strategies. Her drive to bring access and equity to our political and civic process solidified when she was a Fellow and, later, the Fellowship Coordinator at the Bus. Previously, Cinthia served as legislative assistant to current Speaker of the Washington State House of Representatives Laurie Jinkins, and as a community organizer with the Washington Dream Coalition, an undocumented and youth-led advocacy organization. She believes in the importance of people-centered movements aimed at dismantling systems of oppression through policy. Cinthia is excited to leverage her skills to amplify the Bus’s mission. Away from the office, she enjoys outdoor activities that connect her to the indigenous lands we are occupying.

You can reach Cinthia by email at cinthia[at]washingtonbus[dot]org.

Danny Villars

Danny Villars

Field Director

Danny (he/him/his) is a New Jersey native and Pomona College graduate who is thrilled to be joining the team at the Washington Bus. Danny comes to the Bus from the political consulting world, where he was an award-winning program manager and campaign consultant. He’s thrilled to pivot back to youth organizing and apply his political background to the Bus’ mission. Beyond work, you can find Danny hiking, befriending dogs, seeking out live music and exploring Seattle’s plethora of coffee shops.

You can reach Danny at danny[at]washingtonbus[dot]org.

Kelly Hickman

Kelly Hickman

Co-Executive Director for Operations and Development

Kelly (she/her/hers) joins the Bus from her previous role as Assistant Director at the Missions Office of the Archdiocese of Seattle. She is a highly collaborative and passionate leader with nearly eight years of nonprofit co-directing experience inspiring people to meaningful civic action. She is deeply committed to building inclusive strategies to create a more equitable society for everyone. She holds a Master’s degree in Transforming Spirituality from Seattle University. Kelly is a third generation Seattleite who grew up in north Seattle. Away from the office, she spends lots of time with family and friends, snuggling her cat Leeloo, and dollhousing.

You can reach Kelly by email at kelly[at]washingtonbus[dot]org.

Leila Reynolds

Leila Reynolds

Field Organizer

Leila (she/her/hers • pronounced Leela) is a Seattle native who is excited to return to the Bus after interning here in 2014. She has experience working with young people in and out of schools on issues that matter to them, and building youth led programs focused on social justice. She recently returned to Seattle after completing her Masters in Comparative Social Change from Trinity College, Dublin. Her masters research focused on the Domestic Workers rights movement, and how labor and immigrant rights movements increasingly intersect. When she was a kid, she at one point attempted to read every book in the library, making it through only one and half shelves before admitting defeat. This ambitious sense of possibility and love of learning has followed her into adulthood.

You can reach Leila by email at leila[at] washingtonbus[dot]org.

Libby Watson

Libby Watson

Colleges and Community Engagement Coordinator

Libby (She/Her/Hers) recently moved to Seattle from Ohio, where she studied Spanish at The Ohio State University. She has always been driven by compassion and a desire to cultivate community. Libby has a background in nonprofit work and has worked in both the finance and field organizing sides of campaigning. Outside of work, you’ll see Libby at the gym, hunting for the best vegan food, hiking in the mountains with her dog, or reading while drinking too much coffee.

You can reach Libby by email at libby[at]washingtonbus[dot]org.

Mo Pannier

Mo Pannier

High School Engagement and Leadership Development Coordinator

Mo (she/her) began her grassroots organizing journey in Denver with New Era Colorado, where she registered voters and developed a passion for civic engagement. She went on to become a campus organizing fellow with New Era’s sister organization, The Brazen Project, to further develop her organizing skills through an intersectional reproductive rights lens. She moved to Seattle in 2019 and is very excited to be joining the Bus so she can use her passion for intersectional youth activism to empower the young folx of Washington. Outside of work, Mo loves to play video games, make oddly specific playlists, and pet cats.

You can reach Mo by email at mo[at]washingtonbus[dot]org.

 

Xinyu Qiu

Xinyu Qiu

Operations Manager

Xinyu Qiu (he/his/him) is the operations manager at the Washington Bus. Xinyu is from Shanghai, China, and has been going to school in Washington state since he was 15 years old. Seattle has been Xinyu’s second home for more than 8 years, and he graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Public Affairs and Economics. Being an international student and living in downtown Seattle for more than five years, he has seen many issues such as homelessness, gentrification and many more firsthand. Working at the Washington Bus allows him to work on these social problems directly. In his spare time, Xinyu loves to watch sports, read, listen to books and play video games.

You can reach Xinyu by email at xinyu[at]washingtonbus[dot]org.

Vote Bot

Vote Bot

Official Mascot

Vote Bot is a sophisticated democracy robot sent back in time to change the future for one lucky state. And that lucky winner just so happens to be our very own Evergreen State, Washington. They came to us to break down barriers to voting and take names. Vote Bot comes from a place where voter registration is automatic for all eligible voters, turnout for the most local of elections is always 100%, where there’s a voting drop box in every home, and a young person heading out to get civically involved on every street!
Vote Bot isn’t only the hero we have, but the one we deserve. Helping us engage young people in politics and building the next generation of young leaders in Washington is hard wired into Vote Bot, and with them on board the Bus we’ll keep winning year after year!