Seeking Washington DC Regional Contacts!

Photo Credit: Debbie Wolff Art: Identity Awareness Family by Shane Pitzer Year: 2017

March 26, 2024

Updated 3/27 to add one more candidate!

Hi Washington, D.C. Burners!

YOUR FEEDBACK REQUESTED by April 10!

The Burning Man Regional Network team, in collaboration with local leaders, is searching for community leaders to build and nurture Burning Man community initiatives in Washington, D.C.

These SIX candidates have stepped up to volunteer as Regional Contacts and help keep the flame burning:

  • Mark El-Rayes, Alexandria,VA
  • monster, Washington, D.C.
  • Max Labasbas aka Maximo Labasbas, Annandale, VA
  • David Wilkes, Alexandria,VA
  • Bruce McCulley aka Brewho, Kensington, MD
  • Joy Nichols aka Zen dipity, College Park, MD

Regional Contacts work to help strengthen and foster connections in local regions. As such, we request your feedback about each candidate under consideration. This assists us in making the best selection for your local community.

If you know any of these candidates, please complete this community feedback survey by April 10, 2024.

LINK HERE:
https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7753914/DC-RC-Community-Feedback-Survey

Your confidential feedback assists us in making the best selection for your local community. All feedback from this survey is provided to the RC selection team anonymously – all identifying information is removed – that said, please do not add identifying information to your narrative answers unless you intend for your identity to be known.

The survey allows you to easily skip candidates you’re not familiar with.

You can learn more about the Regional Contact selection process by reading these:

If you have questions about this process or additional feedback, which cannot be captured in the survey, please email us via regional-network@burningman.org.

Thank you!

The Regional Network Team

Burning Man Project


Deadline for Regional Contact self-nominations EXTENDED to Sunday March 24th!

New timelines:

  • March 24, 2024:  Deadline to self-nominate with intro email and volunteer questionnaire.

  • March 27: Opportunity for community feedback on candidates opens via confidential survey (2 weeks).

  • Mid-April: Candidates will be interviewed by the interview team.

  • Early May: Final decisions made and candidates notified; onboarding begins.

  • May: New RC announcements shared with the community.


February 19, 2014

Hello Washington, D.C. Burners!

We’re writing to you from Burning Man world headquarters and we have exciting news! The Regional Network Team is launching the search for Regional Contacts in Washington, D.C. to empower and support cultural growth across the DC region. 

We are grateful for the service of previous Regional Contacts (RCs), Spacious, Nexus, Mowgli, and Charles. They have each exited their RC roles to allow for new leadership to take up the helm for the DC community. 

Our team is now searching for community members to contribute their spark and step into this leadership role. Regional Contacts volunteer year-round to build and nurture Burning Man community initiatives on a local level. They facilitate communication and collaboration with and between local community members, various local community groups and the Burning Man Regional Network Team. Could this be YOU? 

If you live in Washington, D.C. metro area year-round and are interested in becoming a Burning Man Regional Contact, please read about the Regional Network, search process, and  Regional Leadership Criteria.

Please do not apply until you’ve read all of these resource pages.

As a Washington, D.C. RC, we are looking for the following skills and attributes:

  • Collaborates, works well with a range of personalities, and can build bridges between community members across the greater Washington DC region, including welcoming new burners and re-engaging established members.
  • Actively listens and responds to community needs and ideas.
  • Expresses themself with strong written, verbal, and public speaking communication skills; understands the importance of communication as a community-building, engagement and strengthening tool.
  • Holds strong tech & social media skills, including:
    • Google Group email lists (it’s expected that RCs post and approve posts to the list in a consistent and timely manner)
    • Website management skills (basic editing of the Washington D.C. Region’s page)
  • Welcomes feedback from the community and recognizes the need for a leader to plan for their own eventual succession.
  • Maintains a mindset of flexibility about ownership rather than possession and is willing to help build a team through delegating and sharing responsibilities to develop the leaders of tomorrow.
  • Embraces and elegantly manages difficult conversations, is skilled at conflict resolution and is willing to step into community mediation with kindness, an open heart and unbiased lens.
  • Has capacity to take on the full duties of the Regional Contact role.

If you feel qualified to self-nominate to be a Burning Man Regional Contact, please complete these two items by Monday March 4th, 2024:

  1. Email regional-network@burningman.org: please add Washington, D.C. Regional Contact in the subject line and introduce yourself. Share more about your local involvement and your relevant leadership experience.  *AND*
  2. Complete the Volunteer Questionnaire. Log into your Burner Profile and complete this survey. You MUST CHECK “Regional Contacts” as one of your 3 teams in order for us to receive this form. If you have already filled out a VolQ form, please check that you’ve indicated “Regional Contacts” as one of your areas of interest.

After the window to self-nominate closes, we’ll send out a community feedback survey to gather community input on each candidate.

Key dates in our Washington, D.C. intake process, subject to change, are:

  • March 4, 2024:  Deadline to self-nominate with intro email and volunteer questionnaire.
  • March 6: Opportunity for community feedback on candidates opens via confidential survey.
  • March 20: Community Feedback phase closes (2 weeks).
  • End of March: Candidates will be interviewed by the interview team.
  • April: Final decisions made and candidates notified; onboarding begins.
  • Late April: New RC announcements shared with the community.

If you feel like you may be a good fit for the Washington, D.C. RC team, we warmly welcome you to step up and take part in our selection process. If you have specific questions, my team can be reached at regional-network@burningman.org.

Please consider amplifying this announcement to your socials and sharing with your communities throughout Washington, D.C.!

With Appreciation,
The Regional Network Team
Burning Man Project

Photo Credit: Debbie Wolff
Art: Identity Awareness Family by Shane Pitzer
Year: 2017