Larry Harvey, Chairman of the Board
Larry Harvey founded the Burning Man event in 1986 and has overseen its operation ever since. His duties include the design of Burning Man and Black Rock City and the conception and production of the Project’s themed art pageants. In May 1998 Larry was invited to Harvard’s Second International Conference on the Internet and Society as a panelist for Charles Nesson’s discussion “The Internet and Education.” Larry has been a guest lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute, the School of the Chicago Art Institute, the Forum at Grace Cathedral and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Freddy Hahne, President of the Board
Freddy is known as Are We Really? around San Francisco, Cyberspace and Merry Prankster circles. Are We Really? and the Krewe of Art Police created large works of art over the past few decades for many Bill Graham Presents shows including the Grateful Dead’s Mardi Gras, Chinese New Years and New Years extravaganzas. With a background in Industrial Design, Freddy represented Waller Press and currently Watermark Press/Consolidated Graphics in the San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty-five years producing advertising, design and marketing print collateral. He attended Burning Man at Baker Beach spraining his neck staring at the Man for a few hours! He has never been the same since. Freddy also serves as president of the board of the Rex Foundation, a philanthropic charity founded by the Grateful Dead. You will find him as Dr. Really? with the Mind Shaft Society on the Playa.
Drea Lester, Vice President
Nick Morgan, Vice President
Nick is a community organizer, ecovisionary activist and a creator of synergistic connections. He began his career in the U.S. Navy, unloading toxic wastes from warships and looking for spills in the back lots of bases. Recognizing that our government was being less than forthcoming, he moved on to the EPA to work with the public, the Congress and other governmental agencies to create accountability for government pollution. Realizing that our planet was facing equally great threats, he then coordinated Greenpeace’s efforts to address global environmental justice issues. Lately, he’s been working on a local scale, include brownfield conversions with the cities of Berkeley and Emeryville and on ecosystem restoration/protection programs in Bali, Costa Rica, New Mexico and the Yucatan. With the arrival of some children, it seemed time to get off the ships and airplanes (though not the streets!), and settle into the Bay Area. Thankfully, this meant a trip to the Black Rock desert, just in time to be blown away and inspired by all the creative forces on the playa, including his home base crew at the Otter Oasis. Invigorated by Burning Man, he’s translated his passion for organizing into a position as Director of Synergy for Peak Experience Productions which produces multi-day audience participatory events based on mythic themes. Realizing that he had more connections to make, he’s serving as an adviser and Board member of the Black Rocks Arts Foundation, Conscious Alliance, Our Future Now and The Rex Foundation. Through these great organizations, he’s been connecting artists, activists, musicians, and visionaries with each other in support of emerging culture and communities around the globe. Onward!
Mark Sinclair, Vice President
Mark is the Principal for the Technology Group at Degenkolb Engineers here in San Francisco. Degenkolb is a structural engineering firm that specializes in all things earthquake – building design, retrofit, consulting, and risk assessment. The Technology Group is a small group of specialists charged with helping deploy innovative new seismic protection systems and analysis techniques on projects across the company. Mark has been attending Burning Man since 1997, first as a wide-eyed young spectator, then as a participant, and in more recent years as a contributor to a variety of projects including the 2007 and 2008 Man Base, and Crude Awakening. He was sitting in a staff meeting one day when his boss announced that someone from the Black Rock somethingorother had called. They were looking for some help on a public art project in San Francisco – to do with a Temple of some sort….. That was 2005, and since then he has helped BRAF with structural design issues and obtaining permits for many projects, large and small, including the Hayes Green Temple, Passage, Flock, Monicacos, Stan – Submerging Man, Casa de la Imaginacion, Temple of the American Dream, and the Panhandle Bandshell. He is originally from New Zealand and arrived in San Francisco intending to stay for a year or so before continuing on with the world tour. That was in 1993. And no, you can’t tell him a sheep joke that he hasn’t heard already.
Tracy Burton (née Ericson), Treasurer
Tracy Burton is a Vice President and the Western Region Deal Team Manager for the Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment (CLI) group where she originates, underwrites, and manages a portfolio of New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) investments. Tracy joined Wells Fargo in 2000, since that time has held positions in a range of departments including Capital Markets, Commercial Banking, and several positions within CLI including Low Income Housing Tax Credits investments, private equity, and equity-equivalent investments to non-profit organizations. She is a graduate of Wells Fargo’s Wholesale Banking Credit Management Training Program and a recipient of the Wells Fargo Golden Spoke award.
Tracy holds a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley. She received a Bachelor of Science in International Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the University of Denver. Tracy is actively involved in her local community on the Board of Directors of Compass Family Services and a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership San Francisco program. She lives in San Francisco where she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Jeremy Sugerman, Secretary
While practicing law in San Francisco since 1990, Jeremy has worked with a diverse variety of non-profit organizations. In addition to being a long-time BRAF volunteer, Jeremy serves on the board of the American Safe Climbing Association, a non-profit organization of climbers dedicated to making the sport of rock climbing safer by replacing unsafe anchors and by educating climbers and land managers about climbing safety; he is a past President of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Senior Center, the nation’s oldest non-profit senior center; he provides pro bono representation to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition; and he acts as a pro bono arbitrator and mediator for the Bar Association of San Francisco. Although he commutes regularly to the granite cliffs of the Sierra, Jeremy is a partner in the downtown San Francisco law firm of Gordon-Creed, Kelley, Holl & Sugerman, and lives in San Francisco with his wife Zindzi. He is intensely interested in public space and civic art, devoting significant time to working with artists who create both public and private civic art.
Dave Aiazzi, Director
A Reno native, Dave Aiazzi has served as the Reno City Councilman representing Ward 5 since 1996. He is also chairman of the board of Artown Reno and the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, and serves as a liaison to the board of the Reno Arts and Culture Commission.
Rachel Carpenter, Director
Rachel Carpenter is Co-Founder and CEO of Cinematrix Interactive Entertainment Systems™ utilizing patented technologies invented by her husband Loren Carpenter. As first anthropologist on the scene, Rachel wrote her Master of Arts thesis on the human experience of this new communications technology, Techno Tribe: The Collaborative Experience of an Interactive Audience Participation Technology, An Ethnography. This builds on her earlier work in education supporting a variety of learning methodologies, including her book, Visual Arts in Education for Teachers, a series of lesson plans integrated to support student learning objectives, commissioned by the State of Washington Superintendant of Public Instruction. As a Black Rock Arts Foundation Board Member, Rachel continues to pursue ways to encourage community projects with arts and education.
Breanna de Geere, Director
Breanna has been attending Burning Man since 1999 and volunteering since 2000. She served as media liaison for Larry Harvey within the Burning Man media team for seven years. Breanna’s personal passion for the arts lies mostly in the realm of fashion design. Starting out as a fashion journalist, she now is producing a women’s wear line in San Francisco. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri and an Associate of Arts Degree in Fashion Design from FIDM.
Harley K. Dubois, Director
A founding member of the Burning Man board and the Black Rock Arts Foundation, Harley has over 18 years in project management, art and city planning experience. In Black Rock City she is the City Manager, keeping it’s citizens happy and safe. For the Black Rock Arts Foundation she is the liaison between both organizations and chairs the grants committee.
Terry Gross, Director
Terry has engaged in significant complex litigation on behalf of private clients and civil liberties organizations for over 25 years. He has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer from that recognition’s inception. He has an extensive focus on the changing face of copyright, trademark and media law in the digital age and in matters of intellectual property. As General Counsel to Burning Man, the internationally known arts festival, he has negotiated, advised and litigated numerous trademark, copyright and privacy matters on its behalf, including a successful defense of a lawsuit challenging the event’s major trademarks. Terry also represents authors, artists, performers and their agents in negotiating contracts for publication, performance, and sale of motion picture and television rights.
John Mueller, Director
John Mueller is an attorney who has been based in the Bay Area for over 30 years. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bread & Roses and has supported the arts and entertainment and their healing powers for many, many years. John graduated from Occidental College and UCLA Law School. He is also a member of the local Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Will Roger Peterson, Director
Will Roger Peterson is from Rochester, New York, where he received a BFA and MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Will later taught photography at the same institution, and as a teacher he attracted a group of devoted students. The title of his course, “In Search Of the Mystical Image,” expresses the character of his work. Will is working with Nevada Relations and Properties for Black Rock City LLC. He is currently the President of Friends of the Black Rock/High Rock, is an appointee to the Sierra Front/Western Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC) representing dispersed recreation, and is the chairman of the RAC subcommittee for the Black Rock/High Rock/Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area.
Christina Pettigrew, Director
After working as an Investment Banker on Wall Street, Christina became disillusioned and went back to school to get her Masters degree in Non Profit Arts Managements. Having spent the last 20 years supporting Non Profit Arts Organizations, she found an affinity for event production. Simply put, Christina loves to throw a good party for a good cause! Currently, she works for a foundation that supports music programs in public high schools. When not working or surfing, she’s taking care of her three teenage children who keep her grounded and real.
Crimson Rose, Director
Crimson’s honor and love of fire happened long before she met the Burning Man. When she attended her first event in 1991, she set the man on fire and has been producing the release of the Man ever since. The sculpture of the Burning Man brought her to the Black Rock Desert, but it is the limitless possibilities of facilitating art in the desert that brings her back year after year. Like a gift to a wide-eyed child, pushing the limits of creating art in one of the harshest, relentless environments produces amazing art and in turn facilitate interactive. She is fascinated with the way interactivity and art mesh at Burning Man, and feels it has changed the art arena. “When art provokes one to interact without thinking, art has taken a giant leap in evolution.” As one of the founding Directors of both Black Rock City LLC and the Black Rock Arts Foundation her focus is on art management. Art Curator, Performance Safety Director for Open Fire, Flame Effects and Pyrotechnics and Creative Director of the Fire Conclave, the largest gathering of fire performers in one place at one time in the world. Prior to finding her way into this tailor-made position, Crimson has always been involved in the arts. In school, she majored in theater, and has worked as a fine art model, fire dancer and performance artist for 27 years.
Alix Rosenthal, Director
Alix’s first burn was in 2004, and she became involved with BRAF shortly thereafter by throwing a fundraiser for the placement of Michael Christian’s Flock in front of San Francisco City Hall. Alix is deeply involved in local politics, having been involved in numerous campaigns, and currently serving as an elected member of the San Francisco Democratic Party governing board. A former Deputy City Attorney for the City of Oakland, Alix is an attorney in private practice specializing in political law.
Warren Trezevant, Director
Warren Trezevant dances at the intersection of Art and Technology. In the digital realm, Warren designs animation tools for software packages by Autodesk. This is a good use of all the experience he got as a character animator at Pixar Animation Studios, where he animated on 9 of Pixar’s 13 films. In the physical realm, Warren has been a Burning Man attendee since 1997 and has been part of bringing art to Burning Man since 2001; in the form of projects (including a bicycle powered carousel, a visualization of the speed of sound with a pulsating dance environment) as well as theme camps (including a real estate office for the moon property). Warren had the opportunity to merge these two realms in 2006 with the creation of the Toy Story Zoetrope, a stroboscopic zoetrope that brings Toy Story characters to life in front of your eyes. Since then Warren continues to explore this crazy intersection by animating animatronic figures, storyboarding software workflows, testing development software and teaching character animation at the California College of the Arts. For Burning Man 2011, Warren brought the skeletons to life for Peter Hudson’s stroboscopic zoetrope, CHARON.