Burning Man Journal Authors

A founding member of the Burning Man Board, Harley K. Dubois brings to bear over 15 years of project management, art and city planning experience. As the City Manager of Black Rock City, Harley oversees both the Playa Safety Council and Community Services departments, ensuring that the citizens of BRC are happy and safe, including ingress, life on playa, and egress. She originated theme camp placement, the Greeters, Playa Info, Burning Man Information Radio, and has kindled the development of all other Community Service teams. Harley also created and maintains a comprehensive training and self-development program for the Burning Man staff, fostering the concepts of volunteerism and cross-departmental communication. Harley is a founding member of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, where she chairs the grants committee and acts as the foundation's liaison with the Burning Man Project. She is fully engaged in program development and works closely with the Executive Director and other staff members in conducting day-to-day operations. Harley has an extensive education and history in the visual and performing arts, has been a fitness director and a San Francisco fire fighter.

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Heather White, Managing Director, Burning Man Project In 2004, Heather ventured to the playa and joined what would become the Random Pizza Experience, a scene ripe with interactive cooking and pizza delivery that spanned the next eight years. In 2012, she joined Burning Man Project as the Volunteer Coordinator and today, Heather manages infrastructure, systems and partnerships that support the Project’s mission. She is also part of the Program team collaborating on new projects and events. After years in media production, Heather supported creative service organizations with strategy and operations. Throughout her career, she has also partnered with artists on media projects and opportunities for artists to create ancillary income.

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Ian Rowen, PhD is a human geographer who has forgotten the 50 U.S. state capitals and an artist who’s never bothered to draw, which makes him uniquely unqualified to serve as one of Burning Man’s international Meta Regionals. Read more of his diversions at ianrowen.com.

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Iris Yee first set foot in Black Rock City in 2008, fueling her curiosity about innovative and diverse creative communities across the world. Raised in New York, she spent the next four years living in China and exploring much of Asia. Passionate about media and technology's potential to grow a better understanding of the world, she has worked with Media Mecca and the Regional Network. Iris will be highlighting regional Burning Man communities, their art and culture in the Burning Blog.

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Jane Lyons (a.k.a Lioness) believes it takes a special kind of crazy to drive the foundation years of a Regional Burn, and she classes herself among those crazy dreamers and (over)doers who are sweating it out around the Regional Burn globe. After her first Nevada Burn in 2009, Jane spent five years knee-deep in the development of Australia's Burning Seed and its community. She built and managed Seed's Communications Team for many years, helped kickstart Melbourne Decompression and ran a range of other local events. But her Burner communities and collaborations stretch beyond the confines of her country. She helped build Temple of Transition in 2011; has worked on other big art projects on and off playa (including the Temple for Christchurch); and has run theme camps and built art at Nowhere, Kiwiburn, Burning Seed and Italian Burning Weekend. She now spends her time supporting Burning Man's Communications Team.

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Jennifer Martin-Romme is a fourth-year Burner and a journalist from Duluth, Minnesota. She is currently reporting from the playa for the 2019 MOOP Map blogpost series. She can be reached at burner_madrina@yahoo.com.

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Jennifer Raiser is an avid long-time Burner, Burning Man Project board member, theme camp leader, and Black Rock Ranger. Her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Nob Hill Gazette and most often for her publication, SFWire.

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Jennifer Richter (aka Preamble) is a Meta Regional Contact based in Washington, DC, whose role is dedicated to social alchemy, education and development within the Burner community. Preamble has spent much of her adult career in multimedia training and development for non-profit, corporate and government agencies. As part of her volunteer role with the Burning Man Network, she is co-lead of the Mid-Atlantic Leadership Conference (MALC), a member of the Local Leadership Event Organizers (LLEOs), and one of the newest members of Nation of Makers (NOM). Burning since 2014, Preamble, a self-professed conference and event organizer, always admired artists for creating...well...art. That is until 2017 when she realized she had a knack for helping build and burn things. That led to the building of multiple effigies and temples and eventually to rigging pyro. What more could a girl ask for? Perhaps her email tagline “Because life is an adventure” sums it up. Indeed it is.

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People have often described Jessica Hobbs as someone trying to lead a compulsively artistic life, which is more or less true. She started off her adventure in a small Sierra Foothill town and eventually meandered her way to the San Francisco Bay Area. Along the way Jess has worn many hats; running and creating community art programs, counseling teenagers, curating, exhibiting, designing, photographing and creating monumental interactive art experiences. She is an MFA graduate from the San Francisco Art Institute and has been wandering and creating in the dust fest for well over a decade. Collaboration is her magic ingredient for success in work, community, art and life. This can be seen through her founding and directing work with the Flux Foundation and All Power Labs.

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