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
With roots in digital media and marketing and a passion for industrial arts, Drea has been supporting large civic art projects in and around the Bar Area for the past 7 years. With fundraising and organizational efforts that led to the successful public installations of Homorborous and The Retro Raygun Rocket, Drea’s passion to bring big art into the community is lived out through her involvement with The Black Rock Arts Foundation.
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!
Warren Trezevant, Vice President
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.
Tracy Burton (née Ericson), Treasurer
Tracy Burton (aka Leave No Tracy) is on a mission to use her banking experience and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) to help non-profit organizations fulfill their purpose. Tracy is actively involved in her community as Treasurer of both the Compass Family Services and Black Rock Arts Foundation Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership San Francisco program. She attended Burning Man for the first time in 2003 and just keeps coming back for more.
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.
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
As one of the Founders of Burning Man, the Black Rock Arts Foundation and the Burning Man Project, Crimson Rose’s focus is and has always been on art. Crimson’s first year at Burning Man was in 1991. Since those early years she has developed the process and infrastructure for supporting and funding artists in one of the harshest, most relentless environments in the world. The Black Rock Desert sets the stage for limitless possibilities of amazing interactive art, transforms people into active contributors to the creative process, allowing the work to transcend the concept of a static art object to be contemplated by a detached audience. Crimson’s support of artists and their creative energy at Burning Man has extended into public art placement and community collaboration through out the world.
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.