December 3, 2016

Abel R. Cano

Abel is a leadership trainer and coach who coordinates workshops on public narrative and community organizing. He is a music-making Boston native, and grew up in Hawaii and Indiana.

Abel founded ARC Leadership which creates brave learning spaces that develop transformational leadership capacity amongst progressive young adults, high school and university students, and non-profit leaders by delivering dynamic public narrative and movement organizing workshops. Abel has trained leaders at the Harvard Kennedy School, Open Society Foundation, Brown University, United Teen Empowerment Center Lowell, and the El-Hibri Foundation among others. A UMass Boston alumnus with a Bachelors in Sociology and a Minor in Communications, Abel led the largest Latino student organization on campus, Casa Latina, as Coordinator and President.

In 2012, Abel served as the Boston Field Organizer and Statewide Constituency Organizer for Massachusetts in the 2012 Presidential Campaign. He served as Field Director to Boston’s first Asian-American woman elected to City Council At-Large in 2013. Abel is Co-Founder of the thriving organization EMW: Art | Technology | Community in Cambridge. Abel taught in Marshall Ganz’s courses on Community Organizing and served as Head Teaching Fellow for the Public Narrative course at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.