Chris Rabb is a father, teacher, author, consultant, and social justice activist.
On April 26th, Chris became the Democratic nominee for State Representative of PA’s 200th Legislative District by defeating the incumbent in the primary election by seven points. He is running as an independent-minded Democratic candidate for state representative in the general election which will take place on November 8th, 2016.
The 200th Legislative District covers Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy and Oak Lane, and boasts the most Democratic voters of any district in the entire commonwealth as well as encompassing the top three highest voter turn-out wards in Philadelphia.
In a primary race where few people gave Chris a chance, he scored a huge upset victory by handily beating his opponent who was backed by much of Philadelphia's political establishment in the race for the once-open seat for state representative in the 200th legislative district. The election marked the first time in over 30 years that there were at least two Democrats on the ballot for state representative for the seat recently vacated by now-Councilwoman Cherelle Parker.
With dozens of volunteers and hundreds of supporters, his grassroots campaign has raised more money from more people than any other candidate in district history: Over 400 contributors and counting!
Chris's priorities are full and fair funding for public schools, broad inclusion and social equity for all Pennsylvanians, improved incentives for local businesses to create good, living wage jobs and restoring public integrity and accountability in government.
In The Press:
Philadelphia Magazine: “The Incredible Political Insurgency of Chris Rabb”
Chestnut Hill Local: “9th Ward Powers Underdog Win in 200th State House Primary”
Chris is a Democratic Committeeperson re-elected twice since 2006. He served as a legislative staffer in the U.S. Senate and a writer and trainer for the White House Conference on Small Business during the Clinton administration, and later ran a nationally acclaimed urban business incubator in West Philadelphia which in part inspired his book, Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity. (Watch here.)
Chris received his bachelor's degree from Yale (1992), a master's degree from University of Pennsylvania (2006) in organizational dynamics, and has taught at Temple University Fox School of Business since 2012 where he is also the Social Impact Fellow at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. In 2014, Chris was selected to present at TEDxPhiladelphia on Temple's campus where he spoke on entrepreneurship and community wealth-building. (Watch here.)
Presently, Chris is on the faculty of the Institute for Strategic Leadership at Drexel University's LeBow College of Business.
Chris serves on the board of directors of the Friends of the Wissahickon and is the vice chair of the board of directors for Race Forward based in New York City.
Chris lives with his two sons in East Mt. Airy.