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Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact


Abdiel J. López

Abdiel J. López is the Program Officer at the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI). Abdiel works closely on AmbitioUS, CCI’s national, time-limited initiative on alternative economic paradigms; helps facilitate the CAL-Now Network; oversees the CALI Accelerator grant program; and performs other programmatic work.

Abdiel joined CCI as Program Assistant in 2019. Previously, Abdiel was a gallery manager at Galería Estéreo in Mexico City. Abdiel jump-started a career in the arts after co-curating En Voyage: Hybridity and Vodou in Haitian Art at the Grinnell College Museum of Art and subsequently joining 18th Street Arts Center as the 2018 Getty Marrow Undergraduate Curatorial Programs Intern.

Prior to working in the arts and culture sector, Abdiel held various research assistant positions from high school through college (2012 – 2018) and worked on mixed-methods studies on youth civic engagement, immigrant incorporation, social inequality, and Latinxs in the U.S. During their tenure as research assistant, Abdiel published “Intersectionality as a multipurpose collective action frame: the case of the undocumented youth movement” in the peer-reviewed journal Ethnicities. Abdiel also published three survey reports under USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) on the healthy development of youth in 14 low-income communities across California as part of The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Initiative. Concurrently, Abdiel was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (2016 – 2018) at Grinnell College.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Abdiel holds a BA in sociology from Grinnell College and uses they/them and he/him pronouns.