Anneliese Grytafey is responsible for the administration and oversight of grant making and civic engagement at a Midwestern community foundation with assets of $280 million.
In this role, she works to build effective partnerships around critical community issues, such as early childhood education, healthy housing and economic opportunity. She advises donors on the changing needs of the community and she designs, implements and administers competitive grant opportunities that bring funding to the nonprofits helping to transform the region. She was designated by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities as a 2016 PLACES Fellow for her work in philanthropy. Previously, Anneliese worked at the Economic & Community Development Institute, where she led a local expansion of microfinance services. Prior to that role, she served as Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Regional Growth Partnership, an economic development organization serving northwest Ohio. Anneliese started her career as an attorney at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, where she was an Equal Justice Works Fellow. She was honored by the Huffington Post as “Greatest Person of the Day” in 2011 for her legal work in service to low-income entrepreneurs. She graduated from State University of New York College at Buffalo and received her J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio. In June 2017, she was awarded a certificate of completion from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education.