Country Co-Founder: The Netherlands
Hailing from Michigan, Aub now lives in The Netherlands after having met her Dutch partner at Burning Man and has never looked back. She has a background in marketing and communications and is the co-founder of Dandelion Branding, a marketing agency with a focus on elevating the impact of sustainable brands. When she’s not working, Aub is most likely to be found nosing about in the forest, in downward dog, or high fiving her houseplants.
Why are we partnering with Aub?
Meeting the love of your life at Burning Man and then moving the other side of the world resonates with us pretty well at HQ. Aub is a courageous and confident young entrepreneur. She brings buckets of her creative and analytical skills, determination and lovely kindness.
Aub, why did you choose to become a Co- Founder?
I could go on and on here, but in essence, this is one of the coolest projects I have ever had the opportunity to learn about, let alone be part of. I’m a big music lover and I think it’s the great equalizer for humanity. Combine that with my mission in life to leave the world better than I found it, I’m all in.
What excites you about taking RockCorps to The Netherlands? Do you anticipate any particular challenges?
I honestly think The Netherlands is a great place for RockCorps. The Dutch are community focused and love a good party. Plus, they take volunteer work quite seriously as part of a resume (not just a good deed) so I think the RockCorps concept will vibe really well.
In terms of challenges, it’s out of the ordinary. In a country where the most common immigration advice is (literally), “fit in to stand out,” I think the biggest hurdle will be bringing a new concept into a traditional way of working.
What music were you listening to at 16?
I’ve always had an eclectic taste in music. At 16, I was listening to everything from Panic! At the Disco and Paramore to Regina Spektor and Bette Midler.Then throw in Wicked and Chicago the Musical for the drama. I had some serious Emo kid vibes but as a classically trained singer and a theater kid, I was always on the hunt for songs within my vocal range.
What was the first concert you ever attended?
Don’t laugh. The first concert I remember is ZZTop (Or it may have been Van Halen) at Pine Knob in Detroit - but I slept through most of it because I had really been there to see the opener, Kenny Wayne Shepherd. He had released Blue on Black the previous year and I was obsessed.