Farewell, Wendy Cho Ripp – you are the Bus incarnate

We have some sad, but exciting news to share.  Wendy Cho Ripp, the Bus’s supreme ace in the hole, is leaving the Bus at the end of the month.  She has accepted a position as a legislative aid to Seattle City Councilmember-elect Sally Bagshaw.

We’re unbelievably beyond super sad to see Wendy go – over the past two and a half years at the Bus, she has become an unstoppable powerhouse, both on the front lines and behind the scenes.  She will leave incredibly large shoes to fill – size 10 to be exact.

Although Wendy has been a guiding force at the Bus, Wendy’s transition is a perfect example of the Bus’ core mission at work: to engage tomorrow’s leaders on their own terms and empower them through hands-on democracy.  This is a huge step for Wendy and the fact that she’s was selected to be a Seattle City Council staffer at the age of 26 speaks volumes.

Wendy has been on the Bus since the very beginning, and she’s been key in building the organization. We’re going to miss you Wendy, and words can’t quite capture it. But even more, we’re looking forward to seeing you take over the world.

Check out the Official Wenzilla Slide Show below the jump, and thank you Wendy, for being you!

Get ’em Wenzilla!

She built this damn thing.


12 Responses to “Farewell, Wendy Cho Ripp – you are the Bus incarnate”

  1. 1 sonnyismyhero
    December 16, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Love you, Wenzilla!

    You are my hero.

  2. 2 Wenzilla
    December 16, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Hey! I still have two more weeks here!

    PS I miss you guys already!

  3. 3 castilleja
    December 16, 2009 at 2:11 pm


  4. 4 castilleja
    December 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I miss you, too, Chewy McWaffleton.

  5. 5 Paul Menter
    December 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Much Love Wendy!

    You are going to do and have already done great things. Thank you for all of your hard work.

  6. 6 Nathan
    December 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    This is adorable. Sally Bagshaw is SUPER lucky!

  7. December 16, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Wendy – You can check off the Bus but you can never leave.

  8. 8 Alex
    December 16, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Wenzilla has been my dearest friend for 14 years… and I am so proud of her!! You go girl.

  9. 9 Lanna
    December 17, 2009 at 12:18 am

    I’m so proud of my big sister! ❤

  10. December 17, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    In a just world, the Washington Bus would be known as the Wendy Cho Ripp Bus. I still remember when we first got to hang out on state together, me a pink bunny, you a killer whale. Hilarity ensued.

    Ah, the memories.

    You better keep kicking ass. And let me know when I can write that check to Wendy for House, Wendy for City Council, or Wendy for America!

  11. December 17, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I like Wendy for America! Where can I get the shirts?

  12. December 22, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Wendy’s leadership is inspirational and contagious to young and seasoned voters alike. Her work as a team player to keep Washington rolling towards progressive goals through voter education and involvement is greatly appreciated by the Building Trades. Congratulations Wendy, we look forward to hearing from you again in your new role. Happy New Year!

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