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Anna Fiorella is the Business Engagement Manager at ArtsKC.  

Q + A

Q. Hometown?

A. Kansas City, MO

Q. What movie do you watch at least once a year?

A. Pride & Prejudice

Q. What is your dream job?

A. Kitten wrangler

Q. What book do you always recommend to a friend looking for a good read?

A. Beloved, by Toni Morrison.

Q. What KC restaurant has the culinary arts mastered?

A. I mean, my mom and brother’s restaurant, JoVito’s Italian Cafe!

Finish these sentences.On my days off, I tend to my backyard vegetable garden and check out new concerts/shows around

I support the arts because without the arts, we are untethered and incomplete.


Anna Fiorella comes from a family of culinary entrepreneurs, having started as a server in family restaurants at age 14. Her food-service experience and propensity for community building carried her to Seattle, where at Catalyst Kitchens she supported not-for-profit organizations around the country in building workforce development programs to embed in foodservice social enterprises. She has served as an Americorps VISTA, helping young people to build inclusive programming for positive health outcomes in their community. Her varied career has focused on youth program development, team capacity building, operations management, and fundraising.

Anna graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a B.S. in Political Communications, Leadership and Social Advocacy. She originally fancied herself a “Josh Lyman” and declared politics her destiny. Soon enough, she realized there are other roads that lead toward structural, inclusive and intentional change in our communities.