Chris Rabb

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Chris Rabb

Chris Rabb is a consultant, writer and speaker focusing on the confluence of race/identity, media/technology, civic engagement and entrepreneurship.

He is a fellow[1]with Demos and a 2001 American Marshall Memorial Fellowship recipient, awarded by the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Currently, Rabb is writing a book about modern American forces, tentatively entitled, Invisible Capital, which analyzes the often unseen forces that shape entrepreneurial opportunity in America.

Rabb is a graduate of Yale College and earned an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the boards of the Applied Research Center (Oakland, CA) and the Bread & Roses Community Fund (Philadelphia, PA).

Political and business experience

From 1993-1995, Chris worked in the U.S. Senate and the White House Conference on Small Business where he focused on policies and legislation that impacted small businesses. From 1995 through 2001, Chris worked at Stono Technologies, LLC, a technology-based product design firm which he co-founded in his native Chicago. Upon moving to Philadelphia...

Chris ran a nationally recognized non-profit-based business incubator and later set up a consultancy specializing in organizational productivity services targeting small businesses, start-up ventures, non-profits and select political campaigns.

PSU endorsement


Pennsylvania Stands Up endorsed Chris Rabb in 2020.

DSA victories


PA Wilds DSA June 3 2020·

Last night was a huge night for Democratic Socialists of America-backed candidates in Pennsylvania. The biggest news is Nikil Saval's probable win for state senate in the first senatorial district, in Philadelphia, as well as an apparent close win (pending mail-in ballots) for Rick Krajewski in the 188th legislative district. DSA members Summer Lee, Sara Innamorato, Elizabeth Fiedler and Chris Rabb were relected to the statehouse as well. Our movement is growing, and we're gonna win! Join us.

Communist Party volunteers


Seth Oberman, Chris Rabb.

Backing Brooks and O'Rourke

The Working Families Party spent over $400,000 on Kendra Brooks and Nicolas O'Rourke’s campaigns, and have knocked on 150,000 doors and sent 300,000 text messages.

Both Brooks and O’Rourke see their candidacies as part of a broader push to one day build a progressive majority on the city council, working together with progressive Democrats like Helen Gym to advance priorities including tax reform, affordable housing, tenants’ rights, and continuing to expand rights for retail and service workers. Both candidates are endorsed by progressive groups like the Philadelphia chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, Unite HERE Philadelphia, Make the Road Action in PA, and Sunrise Movement’s Philadelphia chapter.

The two WFP candidates have endorsements from state Reps. Chris Rabb, Elizabeth Fiedler, Malcolm Kenyatta, Movita Johnson-Harrell, Brian Sims, and state Sen. Art Haywood.

Meeting with Students from the Pennsylvania Student Power Network

Alphonso Michael Washington, Rep. Chris Rabb and Wingate Cashae

On December 21 2017, Alphonso Michael Washington of the Pennsylvania Student Power Network posted on Facebook:

"We would like to extend a warm thank you to Rep. Chris Rabb for inviting us to his Holiday party this afternoon. PAstudentpower — attending Holiday Open House with Wingate Cashae"

Free College Campaign

Pennsylvania Student Power Network with Rep. Chris Rabb

In November 2017, Cynthia Son of the Pennsylvania Student Power Network posted on Facebook:

"CCP’s Pennsylvania Student Power Network charter had the pleasure of meeting with Rep. Chris Rabb about our Free College Campaign!
"#PaStudentPower #freecollegecampaign #studentleadership — with James Cersonsky, Saige Williams and Alphonso Michael Washington.

Our Revolution endorsement

Chris Rabb was endorsed by Our Revolution, an organization run by former campaign workers and supporters of former socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.[2]


In 1999, Chris Rabb founded Afro-Netizen, a pioneering, e-mail-based news and information aggregator for African Americans nationwide. Initially run as a civic avocation, Afro-Netizen has been formalized in its 10th year as a hybrid organization consisting of a for-profit enterprise (Afro-Netizen L3C) and non-profit corporation (Maroon Commonwealth, Inc.).

Democratic Party

In 2006, Rabb was elected as a Democratic Party Committeeperson in his neighborhood of in northwest Philadelphia where he lives with his wife, law professor Imani Perry.

Drum Major Institute

In 2009 Chris Rabb of Afro-Netizen was listed as a member of the Drum Major Institute Netroots Advisory Council[3]

Demos Involvement

In 2009 Chris Rabb was a Senior Fellow of New York based think tank Demos.[4]

PCN 2011 crew

Doyle Canning May 15, 2011:


PCN 2011 crew — with Joaquin Sanchez-Leal, Daniel Kim, Linda Stout, Ellen Choy, Hallie Boas, Chris Rabb, Karlos Gauna Schmieder, Rosi Reyes and Cara Lisa Berg Powers.

John Meyerson connection


Chris Rabb, John Meyerson August 2018.

Braxton connection


Chris Rabb is a friend of Amadee Braxton.

Reclaim Philadelphia

Reclaim Philadelphia November 7 2018:

Congratulations to (from Left to Right) Joe Hohenstien, Danielle Friel-Otten, Chris Rabb, Elizabeth Fiedler and James Roebuck, Jr.!


We are also extremely proud of our other endorsed candidates who fought incredibly tough races. We didn't get the results we wanted but there is a progressive momentum from these races that cannot be undone! — with Joe Hohenstein for State Representative, Danielle Friel Otten for PA District 155, Elizabeth Fiedler, Chris Rabb for State Representative and James Roebuck, Jr.

2018 215 People’s Alliance endorsements


In 2018 215 People’s Alliance endorsed: