About Mapfigure’s founding principal.
Blake Esselstyn (he/him) is a North Carolina-based geographer, demographer, and redistricting consultant who first began studying geographic information systems (GIS) more than 25 years ago. His professional experience includes over a decade working in local government as the GIS specialist for the City of Asheville Planning Department, where he served as the City’s liaison to the US Census Bureau and presented often at public meetings. He has served as an expert witness and consulting expert for multiple court cases and has been invited to speak at six North Carolina universities and several redistricting conferences in other states.
Blake earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his master’s degree from Penn (the University of Pennsylvania). He holds professional certifications as a GIS Professional (GISP) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). For a more complete listing of his experience and credentials, please see his CV.