Editorial Board

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NATALIE SWANSON | Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Planning Journal

Natalie is a second-year master’s candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning, concentrating in housing and community development. She received her undergraduate B.A. in English from Rice University in Houston. In her free time, Natalie enjoys swing dancing and making highly specific playlists on Spotify.


LEAH CAMPBELL | Managing Editor, Angles

Leah Campbell is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of City and Regional Planning, where she focuses on integrating equity and resilience into climate adaptation to address urban flooding. Prior to UNC, she worked in the environmental nonprofit sector in California advocating for progressive water quality and coastal resilience.

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OLIVIA CORRIERE | Online Content Editor

Olivia Corriere is a senior undergraduate studying environmental sustainability, geography, and urban planning. She serves as Co-Chair of the UNC Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee, managing renewable energy projects on campus. She also works as Project Manager at Blue Dogwood Public Market in Chapel Hill, NC. She plans to work in renewable energy development when she graduates in May. In her free time, Olivia enjoys hiking, running, and cooking with people she loves.


ANNA PATTERSON | Online Content Editor

Anna is a third-year dual degree master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Department of Health Behavior. Her scholarly interests include health and the built environment, vulnerable populations, and community development. Prior to coming to UNC, Anna worked as a program officer for a health foundation in Alamance County, NC.  She likes American folk music, slalom water skiing, and enjoying the outdoors.


ELI POWELL | Online Content Editor

Eli is a first-year master’s student specializing in transportation at the Department of City and Regional Planning. Prior to arriving at Carolina Planning, he earned a B.A. in Geography with minors in Urban Studies and GIS from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. His professional interests include non-automotive transportation, traffic modeling, and planning for environmental protection. When he’s not planning, he can be found running, listening to indie music, or watching anything that could possibly be considered a sport.


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SIOBHAN NELSON | Online Content Editor

Siobhan is a first-year master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning. She is specializing in transportation planning and is interested in public transportation as a way to promote equity and improve community vibrancy. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, with a major in the Growth and Structure of Cities and a minor in Environmental Studies. In her free time, she enjoys listening to 80s music and baking cakes.


MOLLY AUTEN | Online Content Editor

Molly is a senior undergraduate studying environmental sustainability and urban planning. She also works as an Administrative Coordinator at a land use consulting firm in Chapel Hill, NC. Her professional interests include placemaking and housing equity, but in her spare time, she enjoys singing, drinking chai lattes, and browsing New Urbanist Memes for Transit Oriented Teens.


JO KWON | Online Content Editor

Jo (Joungwon) Kwon is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of City and Regional Planning. She hopes to interweave various data sets and narratives of housing and communities together with new digital technologies. With a background in Statistics and English Literature, she received her M.A. in Computational Media at Duke University. In her free time, she enjoys watching indie movies, going to live performances, and drinking good coffee.


VERONICA BROWN | Online Content Editor

Veronica Brown is a first-year student in the Master’s of City and Regional Planning program. She received her undergraduate degree from Smith College, where she studied the psychology of contemporary visual culture. Before coming to UNC, Veronica worked in communications at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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WILL CURRAN-GROOME | Online Content Editor

Will is a first-year master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Prior to UNC, he worked in public health and social services research with a nonprofit in Philadelphia. Will’s academic interests include land use policy, affordable housing, and the relationship between the built environment and health.

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BEN ELLIS | Online Content Editor

Ben is a first-year master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning. His academic interests include environmental sustainability, transportation planning, and urban design. Before arriving at Carolina, Ben received his B.A. from the University of the South where he majored in the environment and sustainability with minor in business. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and camping in the Appalachian Mountains.

ALICIA PETERSON | Online Content Editor

Alicia is a fourth-year undergraduate studying biostatistics and urban planning. She is interested in the impact of systemic inequities on the built environment and public health, as well as the utilization of data science techniques for understanding and addressing those issues. In her spare time, she is a consumer of third-wave coffee and an amateur curator of Spotify playlists.

3 thoughts on “Editorial Board

  1. Hello! I am a transportation planner and a DCRP alum from 2005. I used to be one of the Carolina Planning Journal coeditors! I had an idea for you. Have you considered making your blog a group on LinkedIn? Increasingly the planners I know our subscribing to groups on LinkedIn, and reading articles there, and then sharing them with their LinkedIn contacts. I think that if the blog were set up this way, you would find many people adding your group to their profile, thereby expanding the reach of your blog. If you look at the LinkedIn groups on planning topics, you will see that they are numerous, encompassing sustainability, transit, affordable housing, etc. I would like to see Planetizen set up a group on LinkedIn, but they have not done so yet. Me know your thoughts!


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