Ra Joy – Executive Director

Ra Joy is executive director of CHANGE Illinois, a non-partisan coalition leading systemic political and government reform. A civic entrepreneur with a proven track record as a coalition builder, Ra has a decades-long commitment to advancing democracy and the arts. Prior to CHANGE Illinois, Ra served as executive director of Arts Alliance Illinois where he led statewide and citywide initiatives to elevate the role of the arts and culture in people’s lives, schools, and communities. Previously, Ra served as a senior aide to U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, specializing in appropriations and community and economic development initiatives.

Ra’s commitment to civic and social change has resulted in numerous awards, including the 2015 Chicago Community Trust Fellowship, the 2015 Cultural Champion Award from the Chicago Cultural Alliance, and the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  Ra is a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow (2005), a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, and a member of the City of Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council.  He is a frequent speaker on democracy reform, civic participation, and the arts in America. You can connect with Ra on Twitter or email him at


George Ranney – Chair Emeritus

John Sirek – Board Chair

Hon. Kathy Ryg – Secretary

Hoy McConnell – Treasurer

Deborah Harrington – Vice Chair

Brad McMillan – Vice Chair

Peter Bensinger – Member

Bob Gallo – Member

David Hoffman – Member

Rev. Al Sharp – Member

Andy Shaw – Member

Martin Torres – Member

Scott Turow – Member

Hon. Corinne Wood – Member