About the Team
Countless individuals work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Hacienda what it is. They are leaders, they are creators, they are dedicated volunteers. To honor their privacy, some team members are not listed on this page. We nevertheless acknowledge their love, creativity, and commitment to our collective vision.
Founder of Hacienda
Entrepreneur, Investor, Activist
Andrew is a real estate investor and financial geek who, in 2009, started Hacienda from his townhouse in Brooklyn. Andrew has dedicated his life to creating environments where people can express themselves freely without shame or judgment. In 2014, he built Hacienda Villa, an intentional living community based on the culture of consent and sex positivity originally developed at Hacienda’s legendary sex parties. In 2016, he opened a guest house in New Orleans with the same ethos, and later that same year embarked on a role as an educator and activist. He now speaks around the world on the subject of sex positive culture while continuing to expand Hacienda as a lifestyle brand.
Partner, Director of Events and Membership
Beth is the Director of Events and Membership at Hacienda. By launching and managing the Membership Program, Beth grows the community while maintaining the exciting, welcoming, and sexy qualities that Hacienda embodies. Beth leads production for the private parties, which are open to members and their guests. Called the Queen of Hacienda because of her outspoken attitude and leadership skills, Beth brings experience in project management, advertising, and video production to the team. Noticing a gap in sexy and decent nightlife options, Beth is expanding Hacienda into the public sphere where she believes in redefining bar culture into something more conscious, more safe, and much, much sexier.
Kenneth Play, he/him
Partner, Co-founder of Hacienda Villa
Kenneth is an international sex educator and celebrity sex coach, whose teaching style has been described as a combination of Tim Ferriss, Martha Stewart, and Bruce Lee. Kenneth co-founded Hacienda Villa and currently manages its day-to-day operations. He is a partner on The Casual Sex Project along with Dr. Zhana Vrangalova. Kenneth makes frequent TV appearances and has been profiled by Playboy, GQ, New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, The Independent, The Sun, and the Daily Star. Kenneth's mission is to make hands-on sex education accessible to a mainstream audience.
Gem Lynx, she/her
Gem is a BDSM educator and marketing professional with ten years of experience working with community organizations. She is responsible for overseeing Hacienda's social media, newsletters, and other communications. As a BDSM enthusiast Gem is passionate about sex positivity. Her mission is to take the principles of sex positive lifestyles, like healthy communication, self-expression, radical acceptance, and the releasing of shame and share them with the world.
Rene is a caring and responsible member of the Villa community. He organizes Villa events as an ambassador to the community, a volunteer coordinator, and event producer. His attention to detail and mindful communication extend to every part of his life, including his passion for pole dancing. Ever since his first lesson, Rene has expressed an intimate connection with the pole and pole dancing community in every performance. He spends the rest of his free time cooking delicious vegan meals.
Fifi (Sofia), she/her
Diversity and Inclusivity Co-Lead
Being a member of the community since 2016, Hacienda has played a huge role in the way she was able to explore, and reclaim her sexual identity.
A tech savvy architect by day, and content creator by night, she hopes to create platforms that make sex positivity and other lifestyles more accessible to marginalized groups, the way it was for her. Her mission here is to continue making Hacienda a safe and inclusive space for QTBIPOC.
Safi Brown, he/him
Diversity and Inclusivity Co-Lead
A poet and a writer on the side, Safi creates content for his vlog with his fiancé Sofia (Fifi). He hopes to make sex education/positivity more accessible and normalized for marginalized groups the way it was for him. Being black and non-binary, a participant in kink, polyamory and sex positive communities, Safi’s mission here is to help create a space that is aware, inclusive and safe for all races and gender identities within the sex positive community.