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. student in the Department of City and Regional Planning. She is interested in using visuals in plans, specifically in environmental planning. She has been a part of CPJ since 2019. 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 indie films, live performances, climbing, and drinking 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.


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.  


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.

HENRY READ | Editor & Writer

Henry Read is a Master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning, with a focus on land use policy. He is fascinated with the minutia of development regulation and doesn’t understand why so many people think zoning is boring. He hopes to work in the public sector after graduation and would like to be remembered as the guy who got your town to stop requiring bars to have customer parking and start planting native fruit trees in parks. 

JAMES HAMILTON | Editor & Writer

James Hamilton is a second year Master’s student with the Department of City and Regional Planning whose interests center on urban design in relation to community marginalization, environmental justice, societal cohesion, and suburban retrofit. He studied public policy and economics at Duke University and has since worked in New Orleans and New York before circling back to the triangle. Never happier than when he is hiking up a mountain or traveling on a train, James fails to commit enough time to his average writing collection, ambitious reading list, and lifelong rugby enthusiasm.


Cameron McBroom-Fitterer is a second year Master’s student in City and Regional planning whose interests include climate change adaptation, coastal hazards, and mass transit. Before moving to Carolina, he was raised in Miami, FL, where he earned an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Miami in Coral Gables. In his free time, Cameron enjoys playing music, watching good films, and supporting his hometown sports teams.


Amy Patronella is a second year Master’s student in City and Regional Planning. Her upbringing in Houston, TX informs her interest in the nexus of mobility, green space, and climate resilience. She received an undergraduate degree in Political Communication with minors in Public Policy and Sustainability from George Washington University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, biking, and talking Texas politics with anyone who will listen.

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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