Marian Goodell ()
As Director of Business and Communications for Black Rock City, LLC, Ms. Goodell oversees year-round public and on-site media relations, print production, and writing of a 100,000+ member email newsletter, as well as management of accounting, legal, government relations and administrative processes. In 2003 she added oversight of the event’s pre- and post-production team, known as the DPW, or Department of Public Works. Her supervision of technology infrastructure for the organization has included an internal extranet, several thousand page web site, multiple blogs, and moderated participant-submitted image gallery. Ms. Goodell is also actively involved with the Burning Man Regional Network that she developed in 1997. Individuals worldwide who are identified as representatives are committed to supporting local communities, inspiring civic participation, and engaging people through Burning Man's ethics and values. As of 2011, this network includes over 185 individuals in 125 locations worldwide. Ms. Goodell is a founding board member of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, and currently sits on its Advisory Board. She is also a founding board member of Black Rock Solar. Ms. Goodell holds a BA in Creative Writing from Goucher College in Baltimore and an MFA in photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Before arriving at Burning Man in 1995, she worked in sales and public relations, and as a project manager for a software development firm. Other interests include traveling abroad, honing her motorcycling skills, and volunteering.