Meet the Planning Team
Brad GlassPlanning DirectorPhone: 518-465-6066Brad coordinates the development review process in the City of Albany and acts as the principal staff for the City of Albany’s Planning Board. Brad was the project manager for ReZone Albany, which modernized the City’s zoning code, making it easier to invest in sustainable, appropriate development in the City of Albany. Brad earned a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Albany. In his free time, he likes to travel and take photographs of buildings and urban landscapes.
Erin GlennonSenior Historic Preservation PlannerPhone: 518-465-6066Erin Glennon, Senior Historic Preservation Planner, works with homeowners and contractors who are looking to carry out alterations or new construction in Albany’s historic districts. Erin guides people through the process to obtain a certificate of appropriateness – which grants approval for alterations, modifications and construction to a landmark or a structure in a historic district. Erin also reviews permits for compliance with the city’s design standards using the new Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance. Previously, Erin worked in the Historic Preservation Division of the City of Houston Planning Department, at the Historic Albany Foundation, and as a consultant with the Preservation League of NY State. She has her undergraduate degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington and a Master of Science in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh. In her free time, Erin likes to hike, kayak, travel, visit museums and play with her dog Sadie.
Poulomi SenPlannerPhone: 518-434-6066Poulomi Sen earned her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at UAlbany, and during that time she also worked in the Office of Campus Planning. Prior to coming to this country, she worked in India as a Project Manager for Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., where she oversaw the facility planning involving flow of traffic, people and materials around company facilities.
“In some ways, it was exactly like planning, but that work was driven by the revenues and profit margins. The planning I do now is people driven and focused on improving the quality of life in Albany.”
In her job, Poulomi reviews café permits, small cell wireless applications, and has taken the lead on projects such as the Walk America grant, the Linkage Grant, Shoreline Stabilization Project along the Hudson River, and is assisting in the redevelopment of Brownfield Opportunity Areas. “I enjoy seeing projects through from beginning to end. You learn so much that way, and I’m learning all the time.”
Outside of work Poulomi has less serious plans. She loves being silly with her children and hopes that she can finally learn to play the ukulele soon.
Zach PowellSenior PlannerPhone: 518-465-6066
Zach reviews applications for zoning compliance, lot consolidations, lot line adjustments, subdivisions, and State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) compliance. Zach also works as a staffer for the Planning Board. He holds a Master of Regional Planning from the University at Albany. In his free time, Zach likes to go paragliding and hiking.
Luis RoldanSenior PlannerPhone: 518-465-6066
Sam MorrealePlannerPhone: 518-275-4918For Sam, the importance of urban planning became clear when living in the Elmwood Village neighborhood as an undergraduate at Buffalo State College. Practically everything he needed was in walking distance: parks, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and a food coop. He was even able to get by with an “unreliable” car, relying instead on buses.
“It got me wondering why we didn’t have neighborhoods like this everywhere,” he says. Also inspired by Buffalo’s revitalization, especially along the waterfront, Sam earned a Master of Regional Planning at the University at Albany in 2018.
After internships at CDTA and in the Planning Department of East Greenbush, Sam was hired by the City, where he handles zoning compliance letters, lot modifications, permit referrals, and does “whatever else needs doing,” such as staffing the City’s technical review committee. In non-Covid times, Sam plays rugby, a game he says is “for all shapes and sizes,” for the Albany Knicks.