Staff & Board of Directors
Buses require three things — riders, fuel, and TVs showing annoying old VHS tapes. These are the people who make it happen. The mechanics. The ticket sellers. The bus drivers. The suppliers of annoying old VHS tapes.
This is just a small set of folks who make the Buses run. Most of our people work for our affiliates. The staff below can all be reached at firstname -at- busfedcivic.org
Henry Kraemer, Program Director / Secretary of States
Before turning 21, Henry helped found Students for Barack Obama, and coordinated field for a U.S. Senate campaign. Since then, he’s served four years as Political and Organizing Director of the Oregon Bus Project, managed a citywide campaign, and “earned” an aptly named B.S. in Political Science from Portland State University (public school 4 lyfe). Henry runs the Bus’s affiliate capacity building and program coaching, incubation of our new affiliates, and national program. When not Bussin’, Henry tries to get better at running and worse at watching the same four shows on Netflix over and over again.
Daniela Lopez, National Voter Registration Bae / National Programs Associate
A native of the Land of Enchantment (aka New Mexico), Daniela is enchanting thousands of new National Voter Registration Day partners across America. Before joining the Bus, she honed her long-distance organizing skills when she campaigned for Lewis & Clark College student body president from study abroad in Morocco – and won the race, like a boss. She’s also a former member of a ukelele orchestra, and an expert tap dancer. Is this all proof that she is a wizard? Listen – we’re not saying yes; we’re not saying no.
Andrea Marcoccio, Organizational Health Director / Bus Lightyear
After growing up in the tiniest state in the Union, Andrea Marcoccio moved to Big Sky Country to help elect a community organizer to the White House in 2008. Andrea has been an Executive Director for the past seven years at two statewide non-profit organizations most notably serving as the former Executive Director of Forward Montana Foundation. As Head Coach in Montana, she lead the largest 3rd party voter registration drive in the history of the state and landed a front page, below the fold story in the NY Times. At the Bus Federation, Marcoccio is responsible for affiliate capacity building, organizational health, and fundraising. From operations and finances to staff management and board relations, she takes her skills to affiliates and beyond.
Rita Ombaka, Operations Manager / Chief of Stuff
Rita is ALL ABOUT systems & probably the most organized person you’ve ever met. Before coming to the Bus Federation, she had things on lock as a democracy organizing fellow for the Oregon Bus Project Foundation, where she got allllll the liberal arts students registered. Now she keeps the books in order better than a cybernetic super-librarian. As a bit of a globe trotter (born & raised in Kenya, colleged in Portland, accidentally almost moved to Maine once), her personal mission is to embrace as much diversity and equity as she can every day. When she isn’t reading the thesaurus or just doing math for fun, she is analyzing sheet music, teaching music lessons or composing arias. But really. Arias.
Matt Singer, Executive Director / Fall Guy
Matt is an organizer, a writer, a small business owner, and a three-time college dropout. His writing and/or exploits have made their way into the pages of The New Republic, In These Times, and The Washington Post. He helped found Forward Montana Foundation, a local Bus affiliate. He believes in 1) Democracy, 2) Fun, and 3) Winning. Not always in that order. The New Leaders Council named him one of “40 Under 40” in 2010.
Sarah Stadler, Deputy Director / Big Bucks Hunter
Sarah comes to the Bus Federation by way of Development Directoring for our affiliate New Era Colorado Foundation, by way of the University of Colorado Masters of Public Administration program, a bundle of legislative campaigns, brewery-tending in southern California, undergrad in Washington, and childhood amongst the moose and grizzlies in Montana. Sarah wins the Bus’s prize for most affiliate states lived in, highest vertical leap, largest GIF collection and second worst taste in movies. When not managing the work of the Bus, Sarah spends her time being unreasonably competitive at every game but Squash, because that’s obviously a made-up sport.
Steven Valles, National Campaigns Director/ Mr. Nationwide
Steven hails from the great state of Ohio and comes to the team after working the Texas Legislative Session, with additional organizing experience in affordable housing and on the 2012 Obama campaign. Steven possesses a Bachelors in Social Work from Oakwood University, an HBCU located in Huntsville, Alabama. He has built a career focused on advocacy and social engagement and will be in the driver’s seat of the Bus’s national campaigns like National Voter Registration Day and the Great American Voter Guide. When he isn’t fighting to make sure everyone has a voice in the political process, he is probably playing basketball, listening to new music or watching Star Wars, excluding episode 1 because that doesn’t count.
Board of Directors
Liba Rubenstein, Chair. | Director of Social Impact & Public Policy, Tumblr
Ronnie Cho | Vice President of Public Affairs, MTV
Steven Cole-Schwartz | Director, Partnership Fund
Rahna Epting | Chief of Staff, Every Voice
Saul Ettlin | Collaboration + Space Manager, Tides Foundation
Cathy Lerza | Philanthropic Advisor
Mollie Ruskin | Designer, United States Digital Service
Jefferson Smith | Radio Executive, X-Ray FM
Mary Manuel Tobin | Consultant, California Civic Participation Funders
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