Katanya Raby

Katanya Raby, Executive Director

Katanya Raby, is an urban planner, artist, and activist. Granddaughter to Civil Rights Leader, Al Raby, Katanya, along with her family, founded the Al Raby Foundation to honor his legacy. As one who strives for equity across all that she does, Katanya was recently inducted into Chicago United for Equity’s (CUE) 2020 Fellowship where she focuses on equitable affordable housing in Chicago. She is co-founder and former president of Society of Black Urban Planners at UIC, serves as co-chair of the Diversity Committee for the American Planning Association Illinois Chapter, and serves on the board for the non-profit Public Narrative. She is an alum of AmeriCorps VISTA and City Year. Katanya is committed to planning for equity, providing service to underserved communities, and encouraging youth to consider their roles in the future of their own communities. She is the mother of Al’s two great-grandchildren, J’Khayla and Matthew. Katanya is a proud graduate of Chicago Public Schools, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She currently serves as a policy advisor to the Lightfoot Administration, City of Chicago.