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.

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.

Board of Directors

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

Michael Bonfiglio

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

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.

Charles Drucker

Charles Drucker is a cultural anthropologist who has worked in academia, the publishing industry, and the non-profit sector. He received a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and served for many years as an editor for Friends of the Earth, Macmillan and Pearson Education. He recently retired from the University of California, where he worked on data and policy analysis. He is currently developing a digitial archive of materials from his anthropological fieldwork in the Philippines.

Kim Engie

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, 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, Board Treasurer

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.

Mattie Naythons

Mattie Naythons is the Social Media Coordinator for the International Marine Mammal Project at Earth Island Institute in Berkeley. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2017 with a double major in conservation biology and environmental science, and an emphasis on geographical information system (GIS) application.  She has professional experience in social media, scientific and historical research, and film production. Mattie is fascinated by cartography, and its unique ability to tell a story.

Susan Powell, Board Secretary

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.

Paul Rogé

Paul Rogé began his journey in agroecology in 2001 as a member of the worker collective Berkeley Worms that created high quality soil amendments from municipal food scraps. Today, he raises edible insects in West Oakland for the company called Don Bugito. At a non-profit called MESA, Paul leads the formation of a network of community-based educators and the establishment of a 3-acre center for urban agroecology. From 2016-2018, Paul co-designed the Bay Area Farmer Training at MESA and taught two courses on urban agriculture and food systems at UC Berkeley. In 2017, he co-founded The Cooperative New School for Urban Studies and Environmental Justice, a project at the cutting edge of web-based education for activist scholars. Paul’s research in agroecology is transdisciplinary, participatory, and action-oriented. It spans peasant farming systems internationally to urban agriculture in the Bay Area. He is currently part of a research team studying soil health in urban market gardens. Check out paulroge.net for more details.

Maia Wachtel, Board Vice President

Maia Wachtel is an East Bay native living and working across Berkeley and Oakland. She received her B.A. in Geography from UC Berkeley and M.A. in Education from Stanford University. She views storytelling (visual, oral, written) as a powerful tool for building empathy, and is particularly interested in exploring the ways in which a reader’s experiences shape their engagement with a text. She currently teaches English at Berkeley High School with an emphasis on non-dominant narratives.