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JulianneKurnos 3512 Patterson Ave #4 Richmond, VA 23221 | 703 439 8340 |

WORK EXPERIENCE Powhatan County, Powhatan, VA, Planner I • Accepts, processes, distributes, and reviews site plans and subdivision plans

2017 - Present

• Reviews commercial, industrial, and residential building permits for site and zoning compliance • Enforces and interprets county ordinances • Investigates and tracks zoning complaints with Excel and GIS • Performs erosion and sediment control inspections for commercial, residential, and industrial properties • Reviews and issues sign permits, temporary event permits, and business license applications • Assists property owners, developers, engineers, surveyors, and others with questions related to planning, zoning and related regulations in person, through email, and over the phone • Works with other government departments and agencies to complete special projects • Nominated for Employee of the Year in 2018 Town of Christiansburg, Christiansburg, VA, Planning Assistant

2016 - 2017

• Processed permit applications for temporary signs, home occupations, and urban agriculture •  Performed field inspections for compliance with permits and town code •  Assisted with site plan reviews and performs parking lot inspections • Communicated with citizens, property owners, business owners, other government agencies, and other town departments by phone, written correspondence, and in person •  Completed research projects and interpret town code •  Documented zoning violation progress in iWorQ software and with GIS information •  Performed urban planning related tasks in an integrated team environment

E D U C AT I O N Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA Bachelor of Science: Environmental Policy and Planning Minors: Urban and Regional Planning and Agricultural & Applied Economics

2013 - 2017

I N V O LV E M E N T Kappa Kappa Gamma Women’s Fraternity Advisor, New Member Chairman Risk Management Chairman


Spring 2015 - Fall 2016

Nominating Committee Chairman

Fall 2016

Virginia Association of Zoning Officials Certified Zoning Official

2017 - 2019

GIS Fundamentals Certificate University of Richmond 2019

SKILLS Microsoft Office Suite ArcGIS Pro AS400

Adobe Creative Suite iWorq Propertyware


GRAPHIC DESIGN One of my responsibilities as a co-chair of the Party Planning Committee for Powhatan County was to coordinate events for employees. Using the Canva graphic design program I created and edited templates to produce invitations for County sponsored events. These events ranged from picnics to baby showers. Each invitation had to convey all necessary information while meeting my own design standards. The Baby Shower invitation was challenging because it had to portray the details of two separate events, a party and a money tree collection. The hamburger invitation, for a County sponsored cookout, displays important information in a fun manner while still portraying pertinent information.


The first sketch was created using black acrylic paint. The mole on her face was created on accident, I dropped the brush and caught it just as the paint hit the paper. I think the mole turned out to be one of her defining features. I chose to keep her face minimalist and to only use black paint. The second drawing was HES created using black pen and water color paints. I used a cross hatching technique to add depth and to shade the top of the jellyfish. I used a wet sponge to create the water effect in the background of the drawing.

PHOTOGRAPHY Part of my job as a Planner in Powhatan County is taking pictures of interesting landscapes that I find throughout the County. The first photo is of a farm located in the northern half of the County. That photo has been used in multiple County published documents, such as the Comprehensive Plan. The bottom picture displays one of my personal hobbies, animal photography. I encountered this dog during an inspection I was performing for Powhatan County. He was happy to pose for a few photos and I was lucky enough to capture this beautiful moment. The third photo is a candid picture that was taken at a wedding. I chose to display the photo in black and white to keep the focus on the subject’s face rather than the background.

WRITING SAMPLE #1 What is deliberative democracy? What are the potential benefits and challenges associated with its pursuit?

Deliberative democracy is a form of democracy that encourages deliberation and collective decision-making among individuals. Deliverative democracy can be described as a conversation that has solution seeking aspects, rather than as an argument. Individuals who participate should use active listening techniques in order to seek the most ideal solution for the greatest number of people. John Rawls’ ideal of deliberative democracy can be described as the pursuit of the common good with an egalitarian access to process. Deliberative democracy values diversity and requires equality among all participants. Rawls also developed the concept of a veil of ignorance to represent fairness in individual’s judgements. With a veil of ignorance, features are forgotten which allows for equality in deliberation. Some benefits that can arise from deliberative democracy are solutions that have effect or have considered a diverse group of individuals. The diversity and equality among participants will allow the solution seeking process to include a broad spectrum of values and beliefs, which can create a solution that is the most ideal for the most amount of people. Free deliberation among individuals allows a diverse group to represent themselves in the development of a solution. Participants may develop a deeper understanding or consensus of the issue and of the solution. Some challenges may arise from the pursuit of deliberative democracy. The public participants have to be willing to engage rationally and in an unbiased manner. The public has to be prepared to consider all sides of an issue, rather than only considering their personal opinion of the topic. Another challenge may stem from those who choose to participate in the process. In order to create the best solution, a diverse group of participants is required, which means ensuring that different income ranges, cultures, values, and education levels are represented. A huge challenge for deliberative democracy is reducing the chance for a debate to turn into an argument full of discourse. Deliberative democracy facilitators are then challenged to create an environment that encourages the education of the public, encourages deliberation, and encourages the consideration of all sides of an issue.

WRITING SAMPLE #2 What do Ostrom’s (1990) design principles suggest about how we might structure effective collaborative efforts?

Ostrom created eight design principles for the management of common pool resources (CPR). Until Ostrom’s design principles, there was an assumption that users of CPR’s could not self-organize the management of these resources. Ostrom points out that the individuals involved with CPR’s recognize the greater economic return from their use and protection, which motivates these individuals to self-organize and enhance productivity. Those involved choose to create a binding contract between themselves to commit to a strategy that they, themselves, will work to protect CPRs. Ostrom’s first principle, clearly defined boundaries, seeks to exclude outsiders from the consumption of resources. The boundaries should be placed around the community of users as well as the system where the CPR originates from. The second principle, congruence between appropriation and provision rules and local conditions, aligns appropriation and provision with local conditions. This principle can restrict the amount of resources an individual consumes based off of local conditions. The third principle allows most individuals who are affected by rules to have a part in modifying the rules. This creates active participants by allowing those who are unhappy with rules to have a say in the modification of rules. The fourth principle creates a space for monitors who regulate the CPRs and the appropriators. These monitors will be held accountable by appropriators, or are appropriators themselves. The fifth principle establishes the grounds for penalties against those who do not respect the contract created by the community. This principle holds all accountable for the health of the CPRs. Next, is access to conflict-resolution mechanisms in quick, cheap, and easy ways. Officials must have access to these mechanisms in order to keep peace among appropriators, or between appropriators and officials. The seventh principle is the right of appropriators to create organizations, without being challenged by the government. Lastly, Ostrom recognizes larger CPRs through establishing nested enterprises that has small CPRs at their base. Overall these principles form the bones of a contract that appropriators enter when self-organizing the management of CPRs. These principles act as a way to effectively protect the health of CPRs by allowing appropriators to hold the community accountable. These principles suggest that in order to have successful collaborative efforts the system needs to be prepared for the individuals who desire the success of the system, as well as those who cause failure. These combined principles serve as a way to check and maintain the health of CPRs, while holding the individuals within a community accountable.


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Julianne Kurnos: University of Minnesota Fall 2020 MLA Program  

U of M Fall 2020 MLA Program email:

Julianne Kurnos: University of Minnesota Fall 2020 MLA Program  

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