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About Us

Honoring the Legacy of Civil Rights Leader Albert Anderson Raby

Mission

To honor the legacy of Civil Rights Leader Albert Anderson Raby through community service, activism, and youth leadership development in Chicago.

Vision

To bridge the intergenerational divide between civil rights activists of yesteryear inspiring the development of new policies and practices to create a safe and just future for all.

Kathy Raby, Daughter

Kathy Raby is the President, CEO of Kraby Marketing & Associates. The company was named after its founder Kathy Raby, a long-time Chicagoan whose vision is to assist small, startup and NFP businesses with their grassroots needs. Kathy earned a Master’s degree from Full Sail University’s in Media Communications and Public Relations as well as a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Dominican University, and a bachelors from Northeastern Illinois University in 2003. She has held significant roles in marketing for 25 plus years, in varied capacities that include web design and android development. Kathy is the mother of 3 daughters and the grandmother of 2 grandchildren. She is a 10 year board member of S.A.G.A Empowerment Services Coalition, NFP, (SAGAesc) whose mission is to deliver resources to homeless populations where government or social service agencies are not fully meeting their needs. Ms. Raby draws upon a range of personal, professional and creative experiences that have inspired involvement in projects that heal communities dealing with common struggles.

Katanya Raby, Granddaughter

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. 

Leesa Raby, Granddaughter

Leesa Raby is a Research Coordinator for Equiticity who seeks to level the movement for Racial Equity in Chicago.  Ms. Raby graduated from Loyola University with a bachelor degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Leesa is a naturalist and in her spare time researches better ways in which processes can happen with the original courses intended.

Dornetta Raby, Granddaughter

Dornetta Raby is currently employed as a Business Analyst at Exelon.  She is a graduate of Chicago State University School of Business with an accounting degree.  Dornetta is a Certified Tax Preparer and is earning her MBA in Accounting from Keller Graduate School of Management.  Simultaneously along-side her coursework, she is preparing for the CPA Exam. 

J'Khayla, Great-granddaughter

Matthew, Great-grandson