Julio Mora is a Research Assistant at the NJ Bicycle & Pedestrian Resource Center, hired in March of 2020 to conduct research aimed at improving bicycle and pedestrian safety throughout New Jersey. He is currently working towards his master’s degree in urban planning with a dual concentration in Urban Design, and Community Development & Housing at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
He currently holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Planning and Design from Rutgers University, and has prior experience in municipal planning from working with the City of New Brunswick’s Department of Planning, Community, and Economic Development. He is the Co-founder and first Vice President of the EJB | DESIGNS (Edward J. Bloustein | Drawing to Educate Students in Innovative Graphic Negotiation Skills) Student Organization at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
His passion and commitment to the field of planning amalgamated when he was ten years old as he looked at the world around him and said “We can do better.” Since then, he has witnessed firsthand how limited planning investments have directly impacted the public and private realm in more ways than one. He has seen several whose social, educational, and economic options have been continuously limited because of social, economic, and geographic conditions that defers their dreams and alters their reality. Therefore, he has made it his mission to use his academic and professional skills in planning to guide the revitalization of disproportionately affected, low income communities.