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Anika Goss

Anika Goss is the chief executive officer of Detroit Future City (DFC), a think-and-do tank focused on land use and economic development in Detroit. In this role, Goss leads a team of experts to implement the DFC Strategic Framework, a comprehensive 50-year guide to decision making and investment in Detroit.

Goss joined the DFC after nearly 25 years of leadership in national and local roles in community development and nonprofit management. Goss worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for 16 years, with her most recent post as vice president of the Midwest Region. In this role, Goss provided leadership, strategic and technical support for seven LISC offices in cities across the Midwest that reported directly to her. Before this, she served as LISC’s vice president of sustainable communities, where she led the organization’s new strategic efforts to implement comprehensive community development as part of its Building Sustainable Communities program.

Goss also worked with the City of Detroit as its director of philanthropic affairs and executive director of Next Detroit Neighborhood Initiative, leading an effort to transform six Detroit neighborhoods by improving city services and incorporating redevelopment strategies through public-private partnerships.

Crain’s Detroit Business honored Goss as a Notable Women in Nonprofits and a 40 under 40, and The Michigan Chronicle recognized her as a Woman of Excellence. Goss was also awarded by Corps! Magazine as a Diversity Champion.

Goss has a Master of Social Work in Community Organizing degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Sociology and African American Studies degree from Purdue University.