Dawn Raftery is a mission-driven storyteller and strategist with a deep curiosity for the truth and a passion for racial equity and justice. As a journalist turned communication leader, Raftery brings nearly 25 years’ experience working in government, business, the media, and nonprofits to her role as Vice President of Communications.
Most recently, Raftery oversaw a five-member communications team at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) in charge of messaging and media relations, digital strategy, content development, and branding and graphic design. Before CMAP, she was director of communication at StriveTogether, a national network of communities focused on improving education and economic mobility outcomes for kids. Previously, she also led communications and rebranding efforts at IFF, the largest community development financial institution in the Midwest.
After starting her career at local newspapers, Raftery spent more than a decade in journalism, including overseeing the launch and management of more than 130 community magazines in 11 states while at a global marketing and internet services company. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor of arts in English and a minor in women’s studies. Currently, she is a board member at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.
Working across state lines to create collective, bold, and meaningful systems change.
More than 300 troublemakers gathered to celebrate the transformative work of the Shriver Center at our Homecoming Gala: Justice Reimagined.
Wendy Pollack, the director of the Shriver Center's Women’s Law and Policy Initiative began her career working as a union carpenter.