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The Washington Bus

Staff

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.

Liam Dale

Liam Dale

Co-Executive Director for Operations and Development

Liam “LiLi” Dale (shey/they) is an organizer, educator, and political strategist from Topeka, Kansas. Prior to the Bus, they organized neighbors across Washington State’s 37th District to build power and win real, structural change as the Field Director for the Kirsten Harris-Talley Campaign for State Representative. The experience showed Liam what building broad, people-based power could achieve when we invest in youth leadership.

Liam brings over 10 years of organizing, fundraising, and organizational management experience to their role. Liam started organizing with a coalition of faith organizations resisting massive education budget cuts in Kansas City in 2011. After moving to Seattle in 2014, Liam joined Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and mobilized educators across Washington State to win fairer scheduling, liveable wages, and better benefits. In 2017, Liam left SEIU and earned a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Nowadays, Liam spends their free time singing karaoke, exploring what it means to be a Taurus in the age of Aquarius, and dreaming/scheming up new worlds that exist beyond supremacy.

You can reach Liam by email at liam[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.

 

Lizbeth Rivera-Estrada

Lizbeth Rivera-Estrada

Campus Organizer

Lizbeth (Liz) Rivera-Estrada (She/They, Ella/Elle) joins the bus with years of organizing, mentoring, and advocacy experience in North Central Washington with many immigrant, community, education and youth organizations and coalitions. Liz was born in Nayarit, Mexico, and immigrated to Wenatchee, WA with her family where she has grown up. They recently worked as a fellow with Communities for Our Colleges Coalition in which she helped draft and pass SB 5194 through the state legislature. Liz looks forward to working with young people and continuing to create, support, and be a part of the beautiful, badass, resilient, and empowered communities in WA state. Outside of organizing Lizbeth enjoys reading, making collaborative playlists, and planning for a post-apocalyptic world with their friends.

You can reach Liz at lizbeth[at]washingtonbus[dot]org.

Aryon Shahidzadeh

Aryon Shahidzadeh

Operations Manager

Aryon (pronounced ah-ree-on, he/him/his) grew up in Portland and graduated with his B.A. from Seattle University. Prior to the Bus, Aryon worked in public education and at various levels of local government, where he was inspired by the advocacy of staff and young people he worked alongside. He is excited to contribute to the Bus’ mission of empowering young people in the political process. After the workday ends, Aryon enjoys learning languages, reading, and dance choreography.
 
You can reach Aryon at aryon[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!