Meet Our Writers

CPHA publishes weekly articles on a host of topics, encouraging Baltimore citizens to get engaged and hold our elected officials accountable.  These articles are written by our volunteer writers and then edited by Steve Holt, our Editor-in-Chief, and Elise Bruner, a volunteer editor. Editors

Current Contributors
Gregory Friedman
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Gregory is a recent graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana where he graduated with a degree in political science.  Born and raised in Baltimore, he has a strong interest in urban planning and the development of walkable, sustainable communities designed for people rather than the automobile.  His ideal career is one in which he can advocate to make these ideals a reality.

Sasha Kolodny
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Sasha Kolodny is a senior undergraduate student at Towson University, pursuing a degree in urban studies. He began contributing articles to CPHA’s website and e-blasts in the summer of 2015. Sasha is passionate about making our cities more equitable places and hopes to work on fostering the arts community in Baltimore.
Elise Bruner
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Elise Bruner is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Policy at UMBC. Her studies focus on urban policy and community development. Elise was born and raised in Baltimore, and looks forward to working in the non-profit sector to address inequity in Maryland.
Past Contributors
Manyi Abangma
Manyi Abangma Manyi Abama is a journalism major at Morgan State University. Having written for Morgan’s newspaper, The Spokesman, for two years, she currently sits as the paper’s managing editor. Manyi joined CPHA in January 2013 and and has contributed numerous articles since.
Norman Chung
Norman Norman is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in international relations at the University of Toronto, having worked with CPHA throughout the summer of 2013. Though unable to continue his work with us during the academic year, Norman will be returning again for the summer of 2014 to continue his work with the writing team.
Zachary Evans
Zachary Zachary L. Evans is a second year master’s student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he is studying urban and social policy. A Baltimore native and previous intern at the ACLU of Maryland, Zachary is committed to fostering social and economic justice in the greater Baltimore region. After graduation, Zachary plans to continue working in the non-profit sector, providing resources for underserved communities.
Emery Rudolph
Emery Rudolph Emery Rudolph Jr. is a graduate of Bowie State University, where he earned his B.S. in Communications. As a sophomore, Emery served as a staff writer on his university’s newspaper. He was later promoted to the sports editor, and held that position for his final two years at the university. Emery brought his writing talents to CPHA in July 2012 and continues to deliver diverse articles for our website and weekly eblast.
Chris Yeazel
Chris Yeazel Chris Yeazel was a CPHA intern from July 2013 to January 2014, focusing primarily on alcohol outlet density reduction, the TransForm Baltimore zoning code rewrite, and parks & recreation policy. He is presently the program director of Maryland Solar United Neighborhoods, a non-profit which seeks to expand the benefits of solar power to all Maryland residents.
Scott Bort
Scott Bort graduated from Salisbury University with a major in English.  An aspiring novelist, he demonstrates his writing ability by contributing weekly articles to CPHA.  Scott also participates in CPHA’s GIS/mapping projects and hopes to eventually pursue a career that employs his GIS/cartography abilities.
Ben Land
Ben Land Ben Land, after serving ten years in the army, graduated from the University of Baltimore with a communications major in 2014.  He currently follows Baltimore’s zoning code rewrites and aspires to write on major planning, land use, and transportation issues affecting our cities for years to come.

 Faith Tandoc

Faith Tandoc Faith Tandoc is a senior undergraduate philosophy student at Johns Hopkins.  She is currently involved with numerous non-profit organizations, among them the Campus Kitchen at JHU, the Center for a Livable Future, and the Citizens Planning & Housing Association.  Faith hopes to enter the non-profit sector following graduation in May 2014 and is especially interested in social justice and equity issues.
Michael Snidal
passport photo Michael Snidal is the former Director of Community Engagement for CPHA.  Michael has professional experience in both urban planning and community organizing and is currently working to inform, engage, and empower citizens around the upcoming changes to Baltimore’s zoning code.

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