Alison (Aly) DeGraff Ollivierre
I am an award-winning cartographer and certified GIS professional (GISP) with 13 years of experience and training, recognized as one of Geospatial Media and Communications' Geospatial World 50 Rising Stars of 2021 and xyHt Magazine's 40 Under 40 Remarkable Geospatial Professionals of 2018.
As a Cartographer, GIS Specialist, and Geographer, my maps have been in more than a dozen books and atlases, in six museums, and in hundreds of journals, magazines, papers, reports, and as stand-alone products. I currently work full-time at National Geographic, part-time for the conservation NGO BirdsCaribbean, and part-time conducting freelance work as Tombolo Maps & Design.
Participatory mapping is my other professional focus. I have been researching and facilitating participatory mapping projects since 2010, most notably in the Eastern Caribbean. I have uniquely focused on the value of participatory mapping in small island developing states (SIDS) and its use in addressing climate change. I founded and recently completed my four-year term as a Director-at-Large for the International Society for Participatory Mapping (ISPM) and I authored a chapter on Participatory Mapping in the International Encyclopedia of Geography.
I have lived in Egypt, Colombia, Brazil, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago, and have traveled, studied, or worked in 17 more countries. I have studied 11 languages, with my greatest fluency in Portuguese, and I speak dialectal Caribbean English. I grew up in Vermont, found a second home on Mayreau Island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and currently live in Colorado.