SDCAP Board Members

Ali Smith-Shapard, SDCAP President, term ends 2023: Ali is a theater and book nerd who graduated from San Diego State University with an MA in Rhetoric and Writing, where she focused on public memory and community spaces. She currently works in research ethics, keeping researchers in line with safety and consent rules. Her first YOUtopia was in 2015, and she’s been gifting cheese and flippin’ pizzas for YOUtopians ever since. She’s volunteered for YOUtopia, Figment, Oceanside Days of Art, and various nonprofits. She’s a fan of outreach, participation, and creative problem-solving.

Jeffrey Oliver first became aware of SDCAP and Colab at the end of 2017 when he started volunteering on the collaborative art project called “The Journey”. His work on that project continued into 2018 where he and his burner family took it to the playa. He has been to eight sequential burns and three YouTopias, and is part of the core team of a large theme camp of 60 burners. Jeffrey has lived in San Diego his entire adult life and is the CEO of an Information Technology consulting company. He graduated from UCSD in the early 90’s with a degree in Biology and has been working in the pharmaceutical and life science industries since then. Jeffrey cohabitates with his two feline companions and goes by the playa name “Kat”.


Christopher King, SDCAP Treasurer, term ends 2024: I went to my first Burn in 1997 on a ticket gifted from my boss’ girlfriend, followed by at least 14 more visits to the Mothership.  I moved to San Diego in 2007 and got involved in the local community.  I have involved myself in several camps, starting the first large scale YouTopia bar (Liquor in the Rear, The Drunk Tank, etc.)  with friends and continuing that for several years.  I have also been an instigator in the Xara Sports League, San Diego’s Premier Fake Burner Sports League.  Lately, I have organized the Burner float at Pride and smaller community events.  I have previously been SDCAP Treasurer for 3 years, and am returning to keep our community’s fiscal ship steady.


Bob Syfrett, Director, term ends 2022: Nine time burner and former Lamplighter Workspace Manager. Met my wife at Burning Man my first year. Graduated from Cal State San Marcos in 2005 with a degree in Social Science. Went into the insurance industry for a decade but was able to escape before my soul got eaten. Now the Admin for a couple of wayward non-profits. Assisted in putting on events in Balboa Park, including three Maker Faires. I live in a collaborative, hippy house and have an irrational affinity for weird, little dogs. My art is ephemeral, intentionally so. When your medium is food, the best thing that can happen is there is none left at the end.

James McDermott, Director, term ends 2023: I am an 8 time Burner and a 2 time Youtopian.  Like many before me, the Burn opened my eyes to a magnificent world of creators of which I humbly aspire!  I truly believe in giving back and have volunteered at San Diego AIDS Foundation, Momma’s Kitchen, SDHoops, Different Strokes Swim Team and on and on.  My first Youtopia I spent nearly the entire event as a volunteer, driving Youtopians around in a shuttle and had a great time!!  I look forward to helping SDCAP, making new friends and planting deeper roots in the San Diego Burner community!!  Come say hi to me at Camp Uli Baba!!!

Rebecca Nuvoletta, Director, term ends 2023: Rebecca is a multidisciplinary artist working in video, light sculpture, voice and interactive installation. Much of her work employs infusion of the sacred gaze into found and recycled objects combined with emergent technology plastic and light mediums. Heavily influenced by academic studies in classical music as well as her involvement in NYC’s underground electronic art and music, Nuvoletta’s work explores life on the edge of the emerging fractal. Projects in voice have included engagements in Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, New York City and throughout the United States. She is a member of the art collective Disorient, creating and project managing interactive and LED art installations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, San Diego and at Burning Man. She holds a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.