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.
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.
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. Our second atlas, Water: An Atlas, is also supported by crowdfunding and has even more maps!
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.
As a registered California nonprofit, Guerrilla Cartography operates with a board of directors.
Michael Bonfiglio is a designer focused on visual, interaction, and user experience. He currently works as a Product Designer at OpenGov. His interests include cartography, motion graphics, data visualization, and type design. He received an MFA in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and a BA in Communications from Fordham University.
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.
Kim Engie is an analyst, data scientist and cartographer. With a B.S. in Biology from CSULA, master’s in Marine Policy from the University of Washington, and PhD in Geography from UNC-Chapel Hill, she has settled in the Bay Area and lives and works in Redwood City with her spouse, son, and tuxedo cat. She currently works in gov-tech helping to enhance data-driven workflows for local agencies. She loves making maps at any opportunity, and her many interests include data visualization, storytelling, social and environmental justice, and travel.
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 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 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 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.
Maia Wachtel is an East Bay native living, working, and studying across Berkeley, Oakland, and Palo Alto. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with a BA in Geography, and spent the years following her graduation working as a freelance cartographer, National Geographic Arts Research Intern, and AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator. She is currently pursuing her Master in Teaching History/Social Science at Stanford University.