Board President + Finance Committee Member +
Development Committee Member
Joined: January 2016
Amelia manages communications and marketing for the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board, a statewide nonprofit representing residential utility customers. Prior to her work at CUB, Amelia worked for Free Geek as a program coordinator managing the Desktop Build Program and participating in collective management of the organization. She previously recruited and mentored volunteers in an AmeriCorps service year with Hands On Greater Portland. Other past projects include lots of student organizing, logistics contracting for the 2010 Oregon Arts Summit, and internships with the Oregon Bus Project and The Giving Tree in campaign outreach and grant writing, respectively.
She has been active in the Portland Burning Man community since 2008 and has volunteered with Gate, D’Corps, Temple Local 523, Camp Caution)!(, Burlesque Camp, and DPW/LNT. Amelia is thrilled to be serving the Portland regional community by drawing and building on her rich experience in nonprofit management, strategic planning, and facilitation.
Becca Priddy aka Shiny
Board Vice President + Programs Committee Member
Joined: January 2016
Becca is a science and theatre teacher, burning man artist, and small business owner. She has created and managed Business Catual, an eco-friendly cat bow tie business since 2012, which makes bow ties for cats out of recycled materials and helps no-kill animal shelters. Becca received her M.Ed. in Education in 2010 and has taught theatre, science, and other subjects throughout Portland and the surrounding areas focusing on education in low income areas with at-risk youth. Becca also works as a freelance lighting designer in theaters throughout the Portland metro area.
In 2015 she built her first large-scale Burning Man art project, Zooplankton, which incorporated art, science, and education in a 100,000:1 scale model replica of an oceanic protozoa. Her goal serving on the Precipitation Northwest board is to provide an accessible arena for art, science, and education to the public.
Ariel Rigney aka Gizmo
Board Secretary + Development Committee Chair +
Finance Committee Member
Joined: January 2017
Ariel is a Project Coordinator for Varga Consulting, a nonprofit consulting firm in Portland. She received her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Portland State University in spring 2017. While in school, she worked for the Nonprofit Institute at PSU and interned at both OMSI and Living Yoga. Before moving to Portland she worked as a Project and Event Manager for Free Wheelchair Mission, specializing in event fundraising, digital communications, and project management. She has a penchant for line dancing, is part pirate, and is always plotting her next international adventure due to her incurable wanderlust.
Ariel first attended Burning Man in 2014 and fell in love with the burn community immediately. She volunteers on the playa at the Box Office, plays the viola in the Playa Pops Symphony, and serves as an officer for her esplanade camp Prometheatrics. Her first regional was San Diego’s YouTopia in 2015, and first came to SOAK*2016. She’s excited to serve the community and region she loves from behind the scenes to help build more opportunities for art, education, and networking.
Adrian Thomas-Eikmann aka Cucumber
At-Large Board Member +
Development Committee Member + HR Support
Joined: January 2016
Adrian’s work experience includes everything from retail, to healthcare, to Human Resources, and even being a stagehand. He loves music, art, the outdoors, and roasting coffee. He also is a father to a wonderful budding Burner named ‘Emoji.’ He works as a Department Lead for a few commercial festivals and was formerly the SOAK Ranger Lead.
He has attended Burning Man since 2009. He is a year-round volunteer staff member for the Black Rock Rangers. During his free time in the desert when he only has one radio and isn’t wearing a pager, he enjoys searching vehicles and tearing tickets with the Gate Department, performing music, and checking out art. Some of his main goals for the board are developing community leaders, learning and helping others learn how to write grants, and being a conduit between Burners and non-Burners around the world.
At-Large Board Member + Finance Committee Member + IT Support
Joined: January 2017
Ryan is a serial entrepreneur and founder of a cannabis wholesale distribution company based in Portland. He has a background in production management and promotion in the music industry, supporting bands such as March Fourth Marching Band and founding and running an independent music venue. Before working in the music industry he worked in a Special Education classroom in a public school district, where he volunteered for all outdoor school and summer camp opportunities, a passion of his since his is own outdoor school experience in 6th grade.
Ryan’s first experience at Black Rock City was in 2012, when he joined a project camp and helped construct and operate the Honorarium installation “Bapteme De Feu” by Anton Viditz-Ward. An interest in furthering his participation in Burning Man has lead to his involvement with Precipitation Northwest, where he hopes to provide his business management experience as a service to the entire community.
Joined: January 2018
Harry's professional background is in commercial litigation. He worked for 6 years in New York until he moved to Portland in 2009. He is currently employed by Markowitz Herbold PC. He balances the demands of the legal world with many creative endeavors, such as large scale sculpture, clothing design, performance art, and dance.
He has attended Burning Man since 2012 and SOAK since 2016. He was a lead for the long-running theme camp Cafe Nëgrø, a black metal and black coffee camp. Of late, he has littered Soak's landscape with the American Standard, a large wood and fabric ode to the commode. He is very excited to be involved in the Burning Man community in a way that melds his love for art making with his professional skills
Term: January 2016 - October 2017
Julia is the Manager of Portland Community College’s STEM Center. She is a member of the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project leadership team, and is dedicated to increasing opportunities for women in STEM fields. Prior to focusing her energies on science education, Julia worked as an Environmental Scientist for the Corvallis branch of the Environmental Protection Agency studying the ecological impact of nanoparticles, and was a Researcher for a R&D pilot facility in Hawaii dedicated to creating 2nd generation biofuels from algae. She is passionate about her family, community, and empowering others to explore their own curiosity, in science or otherwise.
Julia is grateful for the kind, generous spirit of inclusion in the Burner community and is looking forward to supporting the growth of the Portland metro burner community. She is always eager to share a cup of tea, an hour of hot yoga, or a vibrant discussion about green chemistry.
Tom Martin aka TomCat
Term: January 2016 - December 2017
Tom graduated from Portland State University with a Community Development degree. He is very active in the Portland bike community, and has coordinated the Portland Community College Bike Rental program and supported Rosewood Community Bikes in The Rockwood neighborhood of Portland as both a volunteer and staff member. As if that isn’t enough, he repairs bikes for therapy in his spare time. He likes cats too.
He has participated in Burning Man since 2006. Way back in 2006, Borrachos y Bicycletas (BYB) built a bike repair camp around him while he was wrenching on far too many bikes far too early in the week. Since then, he has served as a Washington, DC Regional Contact, manager for the Burning Man Community Bikes fleet, and department lead for the Black Rock City Ranger Intercept team. TomCat is best known as a Black Rock Ranger though. He has served as a troubleshooter, Intercept co-lead, and Man Burn perimeter special project detail, and has also volunteered for various departments at SOAK.