Abdiel J. Lopez is the Program Assistant at the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI). Prior to their arrival at CCI, Lopez was the 2018 Getty Marrow Curatorial Programs Intern at 18th Street Arts Center where they developed a passion for social practice art and became interested in exploring the intersection between aesthetics and politics. Their tenure at 18th Street also fostered an interest in understanding the global art market and thus impelled Lopez to move south of the USA-Mexico border. In Mexico City, Lopez represented and managed Galería Estéreo, a Mexican contemporary art gallery. Currently, they serve as an alumni member and are active supporters of the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force Los Angeles division. Lopez earned their B.A. in sociology from Grinnell College.