We’ve got a small (but mighty!) group of people working out of HQ, doing everything from development to programs to relationship building.
James Hanusa, New Initiatives
James oversees special projects, program development, and ecosystem engagement for the Project. His focus is increasingly global, exploring partnerships and opportunities for the culture to thrive in new geographies.
James’ background includes technology sales and alliances, social media strategy, urban economic development and an MBA in Global Management from Thunderbird.
Heather White, Managing Director
Heather oversees day to day operations for the Project and 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.
Over the last 17 years, Heather has focused on strategy, operations and partnerships for media and creative service organizations. Throughout her career, she has partnered with artists on media projects and opportunities for artists to create ancillary revenue streams.
Stuart Mangrum, Education Director
Stuart is responsible for teaching and learning initiatives throughout the Burning Man organization, leading the development of educational programs for participants, volunteers, staff, and management. He’s also active in regional and civic engagement efforts, and works with the Burning Man founders on defining and documenting organizational philosophy and best practices.
With a background in technical training and postsecondary education, Stuart has a history of successfully applying technology to the challenges of scaling up training operations for growing organizations. A member of the Burning Man community for over twenty years, he served as communications director from 1993 to 1996.
Jennifer Raiser, Treasurer
Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors and the Senior Executive Committee. In this capacity, she makes sure the nonprofit Burning Man Project secures the funding it needs, and also ensures that those funds are utilized for maximum impact. She is responsible for fundraising initiatives with individuals, foundations, events, merchandising, and new initiatives.
Jennifer has led numerous nonprofit boards, including the Peninsula and Silicon Valley Community Foundations. For seventeen years, she managed luxury retirement communities as the founder of Raiser Senior Services. She has also held positions with Procter and Gamble, BBDO/Omnicom Advertising, and Harbridge House consulting. Her writing is widely published in the Huffington Post, SF Chronicle and online at SFWire.com.
Miranda von Stockhausen, Business Operation Manager
As Business Operations Manager for the Burning Man Project, Miranda is involved with business process and practices, fundraising support, subsidiary and affiliate support and financial reporting support.
Miranda brings over a decade of program experience, to Burning Man Project. She has been an integral part of the success of several Silicon Valley start ups, as well as Fortune 500 companies. The direction of her life was changed forever after attending Burning Man in 2002. Experiencing the gifting economy for the first time was a game changer and gave her a new perspective on life, and the importance of civic involvement. Her focus shifted from corporate to non-profit work. She has been a volunteer at Burning Man since 2003. As well as her work with Burning Man Project, she currently leads the Volunteer Coordinator team for Gate, Perimeter & Exodus and is a member of the Volunteer Squadron.
Jenn Sander, Global Initiatives
Jenn is an innovation, communications, and engagement strategist with a passion for uniting international communities around arts, technological innovation and physical space. For Burning Man Project, she focuses on connecting our global networks and developing demonstration projects.
In addition to her work with Burning Man Project, she advocates for city initiatives in urban prototyping, civic engagement and trend forecasting with Re:imagine Group. She was a publicist and worked in business development in London for seven years, co-owned a communications consultancy group, RedRobin, and helped facilitate the go-to-market strategy for Vimeo, TEDxLondon and the arts and technology collective seeper.com
Lara Hopwood, Administrative Associate
Lara provides administrative support to the Burning Man Project staff and Board of Directors. Lara has over 10 years of experience managing office environments and supporting executives. She has worked as an executive assistant and board liaison and enjoys creating and refining systems for streamlined productivity.