January 2023 NAC Member Spotlight: John Anoliefo, Executive Director, Famicos Foundation

John Anoliefo

“As a resident and leader of a non-profit organization that shares a boundary with Case Western Reserve University, I feel honored to serve on the NAC. My hope is that my presence on the NAC will help bring to the surface the feelings and needs of Glenville residents. I feel—and I am not alone—that African Americans are not receiving optimum benefits from the billions of dollars in investments taking place in University Circle. I am on the NAC to serve as a bridge between the university and its northern neighbors in Glenville. As a premier educational institution, Case Western Reserve University is an economic engine which, if properly deployed, can and will be a game changer in the revitalization of Glenville.” 

Developing communities and engaging in them has been a personal and professional passion for John Anoliefo. For the past 20 years, Anoliefo has been both a Glenville resident and  executive director for Famicos Foundation—the community development organization that serves the Glenville, Hough and St. Clair-Superior neighborhoods. Indeed, he walks the walk. 

Prior to leading Famicos, Anoliefo was the executive director at the Buckeye Area Development Corporation for eight years. Currently, he is a member of the Bethany Baptist Church, a board member at Stonebrook Montessori School, and an advisory board member at the Stonebrook-White Montessori Campus. He also serves as a member of the Neighbor to Neighbor Community Group.

Anoliefo holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in economics.