Abdiel J. Lopez is the Program Assistant at the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI). Prior to joining CCI in 2019, Abdiel was the 2018 Getty Marrow Undergraduate Curatorial Programs Intern at 18th Street Arts Center, an international artist residency program, where they jump started their career in the arts. Following their tenure at 18th Street, Abdiel moved to Mexico City to work as Manager of Galería Estéreo, a Mexican contemporary art gallery founded in 2006, and oversee the sales, marketing, and curatorial departments of the gallery.
Abdiel is currently founder and director of Arrullar, an experimental visual and sound art gallery nestled in a studio apartment that supports emerging artists of color, women and queer artists, to exhibit and present work. A mentor at heart, Abdiel is also an active member of the alumni network of the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force (STF) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra of LA (YOLA).
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Abdiel holds a BA in sociology from Grinnell College.