Graphicacy: Where Mission Meets Data

About Us

We are visual guides and digital storytellers. We are passionate advocates and focused changemakers. We are creatives and technologists. We are your partner in visualizing a better world and we can help tell your story in a way that can’t be ignored.

As a team that works primarily with mission-driven organizations, we understand the importance of telling a compelling story – and having the data to back it up. At Graphicacy, we’ve flipped the script letting data take the lead. No matter what data you have, what story you need to tell, or who you’re trying to reach, we’ll find the right way to tell the best story across digital platforms.

Let’s make your information beautiful, powerful, and persuasive. Because your data can educate. It can provoke. And it can ignite action. In fact, it must. Are you in? Let’s go.

Graphicacy in Action


Working hand in hand with your team, we’ll develop the best strategy to tell your story so your audience feels informed, engaged, and motivated to take action.

    • Data Strategy & Modeling
    • Data Storage Solutions
    • Data Cleaning & Analytics
    • Digital Project Management
    • Capacity Building & Technical Training
    • Data Visualization Seminars

Your data will be brought to life through beautiful, compelling, and clean design that tells your story in an authentic way – for print, interactive applications, motion graphic videos, and even full websites.

    • Data Visualization Design
    • Information Design
    • Geospatial Mapping
    • UX/UI Design
    • Ideation & Prototyping
    • Motion Graphics & Animation

Watch your story come to life in a solution built from the data up. We’ll engineer the right solution on the right platform – on the front-end and back-end – so the final product looks great and performs flawlessly.

    • Data Visualization Engineering
    • Interactive Web Applications
    • Geocoding & Map-based Builds
    • Data Management Solutions
    • CMS Integration

The People That Make It Happen

Nathaniel has been getting up every day excited to lead a team helping to visualize a better world for more than 20 years. His passion for data goes back to his first statistics class and led him to where he is today. A data nerd and an entrepreneur, Nathaniel founded NGP Software, Inc. in 1997 (now NGP VAN, Inc.) to join his interests in politics and technology and grew that company into the market leader in fundraising and compliance software for progressive political campaigns. Nathaniel served as Chief Technology Officer for the Hillary Clinton for President campaign in 2007-8. And in 2009, Nathaniel founded Graphicacy’s sister company, Timeplots, which, together with Graphicacy has been helping mission-driven organizations tell their compelling story in a beautiful way ever since.

Rosa, originally from Spain, is a data visualization engineer with extensive research experience in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Data Visualization. She brings an applied research approach to any project with an appreciation for usable and impactful interactive data visualization experiences. Rosa received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and was a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology. After leaving academia, Rosa worked as a research engineer at Uncharted Software, a pioneering visual analytics company based in Toronto, where she combined her research training and computer science background to lead visual analytics projects for federal agencies such as DARPA. As a volunteer, she has served as publications and program co-chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Symposium on Visualization for Cyber Security, which is held in conjunction with IEEE Vis.  She has also been awarded with the "Best Paper Award" for multiple years by IEEE Vis in the areas of visualization for cyber security and biology.

Jeffrey has worked for more than three decades as an art director and designer. His work experience includes visual journalism, information, data visualization and UX site design, art direction of motion graphic videos, traditional illustration and fully rigged 3D model animation, branding, and a full spectrum of print design projects. Before taking on the exciting role of Creative Director at Graphicacy, he has served as the Deputy Director of Art at National Geographic Magazine (Washington, DC) and Design Director at Cole & Weber, an Ogilvy & Mather affiliate advertising agency in Seattle, WA. Jeff has also taught design courses at the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts and a visual journalism class for students participating in a summer program at Johns Hopkins University. Specific areas of interest include the intersection of art and science, climate change solutions and intercultural communication.

Sarah is a seasoned data visualization engineer who comes to the craft after working as a designer for many years. Her love of visual communication along with her penchant for critical, analytical and narrative thinking make her well-suited to the art of visualizing data. With several years of experience developing web projects, she brings a creative sensibility and systematic approach to writing code. Most recently, she was a software engineer at Philosophie Group, a software consultancy in Santa Monica, CA. As a designer, she was drawn to working with narrative, focusing on tv and film title design with clients ranging from HBO to Budweiser. Fascinated by visual systems, she created surface pattern designs that were available at stores nationwide including the shop at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art. Sarah holds an MFA from CalArts and a BA from Brown University.

Batool is a data visualization designer and developer. She combines her extensive experience in graphic design, UI, and UX design to transform complex data into accessible and creative visualizations. She has gained a deep understanding of data and developed technical expertise in programming libraries in Javascript such as d3 and React, enabling her to bring these visualizations to life. Batool received her B.F.A in Communications Design from Syracuse University and her MS in Data Visualization from Parsons, The New School for Design.

Ryan excels at crafting tailor-made data visualizations to meet the needs of mission-driven organizations. With more than seven years of dedicated experience, he has honed his skills across a spectrum of data storytelling techniques, ranging from sophisticated maps and dynamic dashboards to intuitive visualizations tailored for broad audiences. Before joining Graphicacy, Ryan developed technical expertise in full stack web development and data visualization engineering at USAFacts and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). At USAFacts, he created interactive data narratives and innovative map-based visuals designed to enhance accessibility and engagement with government data. At IHME, Ryan collaborated closely with experts in public health to translate complex global health data into accessible dashboards and scrolling data stories. With a rich background in software engineering and applied research, Ryan's career began in computational geoscience, spanning academia and the oil & gas sector. Holding a Ph.D. in Structural Geology from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. in Geology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Ryan seamlessly blends his academic skill set with real-world expertise, forging impactful solutions at the intersection of data, technology, and social impact.

Jeejung, originally from South Korea, is an animator specializing in the creation of data-driven motion graphics. Before joining Graphicacy, she worked with Netflix, Bloomberg Media, TED, Vox Media, Noisy Neighbor productions, and other studios. Jeejung is a self-taught animator who holds an MFA degree in traditional 3D medium/art installation. During her spare time, she creates short animation pieces inspired by a variety of topics including animal rights, meditation, and the life of plants. She enjoys combining literal and abstract expressions in her art.

Rebecca is a designer and conscious creator who discovered the power of data visualization and information design while studying abroad at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany. Since then, she has been driven by a passion to translate complexity in a clear way using data and motion. Before joining Graphicacy, Rebecca worked with startups, non-profits, and brands as a UI and Web designer to create digital experiences across different channels. Rebecca received her BFA from Pratt Institute in Communication Design with an emphasis in Graphic Design. You can often find Rebecca listening to a linguistics podcast or rock climbing.

Katarina is a project manager with nearly a decade of experience working with data visualization teams. Over the years she’s gained a deep understanding of the creative processes around data visualization and interactive digital projects. Her expertise in this space informs her approach to collaborating with clients, equipping project teams with the tools and processes needed for successful partnerships. Before joining Graphicacy, she was the sole Project Manager at one of the pioneering data visualization studios, Pitch Interactive. During her time there she learned the ropes of running a design studio, establishing all project management processes that helped their team win project bids and successfully launch hundreds of interactive experiences for F500 companies and nonprofits alike. Prior to her data visualization career she studied Fashion Marketing and Business at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she received a B.F.A.

Josh’s background combines extensive experience in leadership roles at the cross-section of mission driven nonprofit and for-profit organizations and leading visual communications for Democratic campaigns and the White House. His experience includes working for President Barack Obama, President Joe Biden, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Kamala Harris, the Presidential campaign of Secretary Hillary Clinton and the Senate re-election campaign of Senator Joe Lieberman. Prior to joining the team at Graphicacy, he was the founding COO and Director of Outreach for True Blue Media, a progressive digital news company. Before joining the team at True Blue Media, he served as the executive director and COO of the PeaceWorks Foundation and OneVoice, leading a team across four countries to implement data-driven organizing, digital campaigning and economic development in Israel and Palestine, in support of a two-state solution. Prior to OneVoice he held the position of Director of Operations for Securing America’s Future Energy and the Electrification Coalition.

Carni Klirs is a designer with nearly two decades of experience translating complex topics into compelling, visually-driven stories. With a strong foundation in print design and typographic principles, he brings a sharp eye to any project. Previously, Carni spent 5 years as a senior designer at World Resources Institute, an environmental research non-profit. While at WRI, he developed a passion for data visualization and information design. He has also worked at Free Range Studios, working on design projects for a variety of progressive clients. Carni received his Master’s degree in Information Visualization from Maryland Institute College of Art, and his B.A. in Graphic Design from American University.

Nick is a multidisciplinary software engineer with over a decade of experience building data-driven applications. He draws on his background in design and creative direction to approach product development holistically, with a strong focus on user experience and delightful interaction. Before working at Graphicacy, Nick served as Director of Technology at Periscopic, where he collaborated with a wide range of clients in the nonprofit and academic sectors and streamlined technical infrastructure across the company. In 2015, Nick co-founded Seven Mile Media, a mission-driven creative studio specializing in data visualization and geospatial applications. Prior to running his business, he worked as a Data Journalist at The New York Times and Associated Press, producing enterprise news products and collaborating with cross-disciplinary teams of writers, photographers, designers and engineers. On the weekend, Nick enjoys tinkering with other creative technologists and data geeks, building immersive installations and experimenting with art and code. He is a perpetual student and loves exploring the boundaries of what can be communicated through technology.

Rizqi has been thoughtfully building and leading data visualization teams for more than a decade. As Head of Data Visualization Strategy and Accounts at Graphicacy, he combines his background in data and technology with his passion for the cultural and visual arts to lead the company in developing purpose-driven partnerships. Across his career, Rizqi has consulted on and crafted compelling graphical narratives for policy research initiatives and big data analytics projects with design agencies, consulting firms, think tanks, and federal agencies. He's published over 500+ data-driven charts, tables, graphics, and diagrams in a wide range of media outlets and has had his work featured in Congressional testimonies. In his free time, he is a traveling artist-educator with the State Department's Next Level Hip Hop Diplomacy program for conflict transformation, teaches and directs dance productions with the DC-based nonprofit Urban Artistry, and hosts an Amazon Prime show on blockchain technology.

“The sheer volume of data was a major challenge. Finding the beauty in visualizing the data was a really big feat that they pulled off."

Cathline Dickens, Product Manager for Systems Change Lab, World Resources Institute

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