Editorial Board

LANCE GLOSS | Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Planning Journal

Lance Gloss is a second-generation urban planner with a passion for economic development strategies that center natural resource conservation and community uplift. He served as Managing Editor of the Urban Journal at Brown University, Section Editor at the College Hill Independent, and Senior Planner for the City of Grand Junction. Hailing from sunny Colorado, he earned his BA in Urban Studies at Brown and will earn his Master’s in City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2023. Outside of work, he can be found on his bicycle, in the woods, or on the rugby pitch.

JO KWON | Managing Editor, Angles

Jo (Joungwon) Kwon is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning, driven by a deep interest in exploring the applications of visualizations in planning. Since joining CPJ in 2019, she has worked actively as an editor. With a diverse academic background in Statistics and English Literature, she holds an M.A. in Computational Media from Duke University. In her free time, she enjoys watching indie films, attending live performances, pursuing climbing adventures, and drinking a good cup of coffee.

EMMA VINELLA-BRUSHER | Former Angles Managing Editor, Editor & Writer

Emma Vinella-Brusher is a third-year dual degree Master’s student in City and Regional Planning and Public Health interested in equity, mobility, and food security. Born and raised in Oakland, CA, she received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Carleton College before spending four years at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Cambridge, MA. In her free time, Emma enjoys running, bike rides, live music, and laughing at her own jokes.

CANDELA CERPA | Editor & Writer

Candela Cerpa is a first-year master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is interested in equitable disaster planning, particularly around floods. Born and raised in Uruguay, she received her bachelor of science in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Outside of work and school, she enjoys cooking and eating good food, listening to audiobooks, and organizing around climate and social issues.


Kathryn Cunningham is a first year Master’s student with the Department of City and Regional Planning whose interests include climate change adaptation, parks, and public space. She studied Environmental Studies at Williams College, and before coming to graduate school, she was in the San Francisco Bay Area managing sustainability projects for a law school. When not in class, she enjoys reading, running, and checking out all of the many concert venues the Research Triangle has to offer.


Ian Baltutis is an inventor, serial entrepreneur, planner, and Master’s student at UNC DCRP. After founding Burlington Beer Works, the first co-operatively owned brewery and restaurant in NC he made the jump into public service when he was elected Mayor of the City of Burlington, NC in 2015. He served 3 terms leading the launch and expansion of the city’s Link Transit bus system, construction of a greenway network, and modernization of planning, zoning, and development ordinances. He is passionate about place-making, walkable communities, and trains. He loves riding trains and visiting railroad museums all around the world.

RYAN FORD | Editor & Writer

Ryan Ford is a Master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill. He is interested in the intersection of urban design and transportation specifically around active mobility. Outside of classes, you can find Ryan playing tennis or catching a movie at Varsity Theater.


Nik Reasor is a first-year Master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Chapel Hill where he specializes in Land Use and Environmental Policy. In particular, Nik is interested in climate change adaptation and how to best help disadvantaged communities survive the challenges the future presents. Previously, Nik earned his BA in Sociocultural Anthropology, Medieval studies, and Urban Planning at UNC. You can usually catch him around Chapel Hill biking to local cafes to catch up on work or at the gym coaching UNC’s boxing team.


Nicholas Stover is a first-year master’s student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the Department of City and Regional Planning. At UNC, he concentrates on land use and environmental planning with interest in the intersection of design and policy. In this area, he is most interested in the effect of policy outcomes on resilience in the built environment, and sustainable development. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, movie going, and drinking good coffee.  

ABBY COVER | Editor & Writer

Abby is in her first year of the City and Regional Planning Master’s Program, and is looking forward to sharing all she has learned with her future employers. She previously studied Sociology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to UNC, Abby could be found galivanting through her native Philadelphia (Go Birds!). Her planning interests include climate adaptations, sustainable development, and fostering community engagement. Outside of planning you can find her grabbing a bagel sandwich, watching horror movies, and wishing for better public transit.

Previous Editors & Writers

Nancy Grden, John Carroll, Jim Miller, Gorman Gilbert, David Godschalk, Jim Foerster, Wanda Lewis, Chuck Roe, Marilyn Sandorf, Craig Richardson, George Hemmens, Steve Ademeluyi, Daniel Flieshman, John Manuel, Ashley WIlliams, Bill King, David Daddio, Cara Wittekind, Julia Barnard, Rachel Wexler, Patricia McGuire, Brika Eklund, Sara Hendricks, Philip Hervey, Jessica LeVeen, Laurence Lewis, Dale McKeel, Laura Sandt, Heather Schroeder, Caroline Wells, Adina (Messinger) Wilson, Bruce Stiftel, Ann Silverman, John Marling, Kathy Blaha, Forrest Sadler, Dan Stroh, Priscilla Cobb, Karen Barnes, Kathy Evers, Jane Hegenbarth, Susan Jones, Ted Olin Harrison, Stacy Ponticello, Laura Bachle, Russell Berusch, John DiTulio, Lynn Favour, Heidi Walker Powell, Irving Boykins, Paul M. Kron, Elizabeth Morton, Trina Gauld, L. Dale McKeel, Sarah J Hendricks, John Gliebe, Margaret Stewart, John Anton, Dan Broun, Patricia McGuire, Steve Stichter, Heidi Merkel, Kristen Springer, Merritt Clapp-Smith, Karen Kristiansson, Joseph Bamberg, Mark Shelburne, Jennifer Hurley, Robert Inerfeld, Christopher City, Jessica LeVeen, Phillip Hervey, Lawrence Lewis, Caroline Wells, Elizabeth Federico, Robin Zimbler, Kenneth Ho, Amanda Huron, Conway Haskins, David Kidoo, Rich Thorston, Naomi Cytron, Jane Sibley, Richard Thorsten, Helen Chaney, Adena Messinger, Laura Sandt, Rawley Vaughn, Allan Freyer, Michael Schwartz, Dorothy Ariail, Alexandra Moravec, Wendy Baucom, Barbara Elwood Schalmo, Heather Schroeder, Brika Eklund, David Daddio, Karla Jiminez, Colleen Durfee, Katey Mote, Katy Lang, Carly Hoffmann, Amanda Martin, Adam Hasan, Anna Patterson, Emily Paul, Ezra Rawitsch, Kathia Toledo, Leah Campbell, Margaret Keener, Natalie Swanson, Nora Schwaller, Olivia Corriere, Tory Gibler, Will Curran-Groome, Siobhan Nelson, Emily Gvino, Veronica Brown, Evan King, Doug Michal, Amy Sechrist, Jacob Becker, Eli Powell, Brandon Tubby, Pierce Holloway, Emma Vinella Bruscher, Rene Marker-Katz, Cameron McBroom Fitterer, James Hamilton, Henry Read, Walker Harrison, Sarah Kear, Merrill Robbins, Amy Patronella, and Chris Samoray.

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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