About

The mission of Guerrilla Cartography is to widely promote the cartographic arts and facilitate an expansion of the art, methods, and thematic scope of cartography, through collaborative projects, hosting theme-based community workshops and symposiums, and mounting public exhibitions.

History and Philosophy

Founded on the idea that a new paradigm for cooperative and collaborative knowledge-caching and sharing could have a transformative effect on the awareness and dissemination of spatial information, Guerrilla Cartography formed in 2012 to create Food: An Atlas.

The food atlas project was an experiment in guerrilla cartography and publishing. An open call for maps was shared and re-shared through a network of people who care about geography or food (or both) and the cartographers and researchers decided by their submissions what would be in the atlas.

The atlas was published by a consortium of supporters using a crowd-funding platform—the people made the atlas, literally gave it form. The project garnered a lot of media attention—for its content and its methodology—and we continue to receive requests for content to mount public and web-based exhibits.

As a registered California 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Guerrilla Cartography is committed to a free and open distribution of information. We sell volumes to support our organization but always allow free download of our content and pledge a share of our printed volumes to schools and libraries at no cost.

Our experiment in guerrilla cartography created more than an atlas. With more than 120 collaborators from 15 countries, the first guerrilla cartography project created a community—one that continues to grow. Please go to our Call for Maps to see how you can contribute to Water: An Atlas.

Board of Directors

As a registered California nonprofit, Guerrilla Cartography operates with a board of directors.

Christopher Brooks

Christopher Brooks graduated from Berkeley in 2010 with a degree in US History. After working and travelling abroad, he attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education; graduating with a Master’s in Education in 2014. He then worked at MIT as a Data Analyst before moving back to his hometown of Oakland, CA. He currently works at the University of California, Office of the President as a Research and Data Analyst. Christopher supports Guerrilla Cartography’s website and technical needs.

Alicia Cowart

Alicia Cowart is the Staff Cartographer and Cartography Lecturer in the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley. She completed a PhD in Geography in 2014 and a BA in Art History and Anthropology in 2002. She enjoys traveling, dancing, and of course, looking at maps.

Darin Jensen, Board President

Darin Jensen founded Guerrilla Cartography in 2012. He has been a cartographer since the last century. He has an abiding commitment to collaborative work and communal knowledge-caching. He holds a BA in Geography from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Mills College in Oakland. He works for the University of California as a Data Visualization Analyst and lives in Oakland with his three kids.

Sydney Johnson

Sydney Johnson is a writer and editorial assistant at EdSurge, where she covers news on education and technology. She graduated with honors in 2016 from University of California, Berkeley, and received her B.A in Geography with an emphasis in the geography of economy, culture and society. She loves storytelling–especially when maps are involved.

Barbara North

Barbara North lives in Oakland where she works with local startups and small companies to build software product strategies. She received her B.S in Film from Boston University and her M.A. in History from Brandeis University. She loves data visualization and unique story telling methods.

Susan Powell

Susan Powell is the GIS & Map Librarian at University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Cal she was a GIS Specialist with the Yale University Library. She has masters’ degrees in both Geography and Library Science from Indiana University, and is interested in new mapping technologies, data accessibility, and Mongolia, among other things.

Molly Roy, Board Secretary

Molly Roy is a cartographer, artist, farmer and musician based in Sacramento, CA, whose mapping work encourages people to delve into the dynamic histories of place. She was the co-editor of Food: An Atlas and a cartographer for Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas. Molly is deeply interested in issues relating to food, water, race, social equity and environmental justice, and is very excited to collaborate on atlases focusing on water, energy, and housing in the near future. To view her work visit www.mroycartography.com.

Chandler Sterling, Board Treasurer

Chandler Sterling is a GIS Analyst for the City of Pasadena in California. He is a co-organizer for MaptimeLA and a co-founder of the GIS Collective, which is an online resource hub for geospatial learning. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a graduate capstone certificate in GIS and a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Political Science. He enjoys playing music and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Maia Wachtel, Board Vice President

Maia Wachtel is an East Bay native living and working in Oakland. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with a BA in Geography with an emphasis on the geography of politics, society, and culture. She spent the year following her graduation working as a freelance cartographer, National Geographic Arts Research Intern, and nanny. She currently works as the Volunteer Coordinator at Super Stars Literacy, where she is serving her first year as an AmeriCorps Member.