After graduating from Harvard Law School, Jefferson grew concerned that too few of his classmates – and too few of the most talented of his generation – demonstrated any interest in public and nonprofit service. Around that same time, Jefferson returned to Oregon and noticed that his home state was stuck in the politics of a bygone century. In response, Jefferson and a few friends founded the Oregon Bus Project, an organization focused on engaging a new generation in democracy. Energized to “Get on the Bus,” hundreds of engaged Oregonians drove around the state, registering tens of thousands voters, and inspiring countless new leaders. “The Bus Project” created a model that spread across the country, spawning a network of organizations that have transformed voting laws in multiple states.