Dan Johns

DJohns2Dan Johns, AICP
Associate Planner

Dan works as an Associate Planner on a variety of urban planning and coastal community projects. Dan brings the team a range of experience in Midwestern urban planning, grant writing, food systems, real estate and market analysis that helps augment the firm’s specializations in these areas.

Prior to joining Vandewalle & Associates, Dan served as an Urban Planning Graduate Student Instructor at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, for a Masters-level course concentrating on data analysis and applied statistics using the “R” programming language. Dan has also worked at the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corp. as a Community Engagement Coordinator, helped prepare successful grant applications for state-level housing funds, and worked with the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market on education, marketing, volunteer recruitment, and grant management promoting access to healthy, locally-sourced foods. Working with Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Dan served as Research Assistant for research advancing the development of a “Detroit School” of planning in shrinking cities. You can email Dan here.


M.U.P. Urban and Regional Planning Economic Development
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Graduate Certificate, Real Estate Development
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

B.A. History
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan


Member, American Planning Association, National and Wisconsin Chapter

AICP Certification


Agora Urban Planning Journal, Article Editor

Delta Chi Fraternity, Corresponding Secretary

Michigan Every Three Weekly, Staff Writer