Board Members

Anika Goss

Executive Director, 
Detroit Future City

Ms. Goss is a leading force and visionary in the revitalization of Detroit. As head of DFC, which she describes as a “think-and-do tank,” she heads a team focused on land use and economic development in Detroit.

Equitable community and economic development and land use and sustainability are among her priorities. That includes awarding grants aimed at accelerating use of vacant land.

Before joining DFC, she held national and local leadership positions in community development and nonprofit management. That experience included 16 years at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, where she focused on the Midwest and Detroit. She also worked for the City of Detroit as its Director of Philanthropic Affairs and Executive Director of Next Detroit Neighborhood Initiative.

After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Sociology African American studies, Ms. Goss received a master of social work in community organizing from the University of Michigan.

Recognition of her work has included being named among the Notable Women in Nonprofits and as one of the 40 Under 40 by Crain’s Detroit Business. The Michigan Chronicle cited her as a Woman of Excellence and Corp! Magazine honored her as a Diversity Champion.


W. Steven Olinek