Myrna Cabán Lezcano

Myrna Cabán Lezcano

Associate Director of Education & Cultural Organizing | The High Line

Myrna Cabán Lezcano is a queer Boricua healing artist, educator, cultural organizer and former DJ. She brings 10 years of experience in arts and social justice education, community organizing, and leadership development. Myrna migrated to the U.S. at 9 years old and was the first college graduate in her family. She completed three years of training in spiritual herbalism and yoga, as well as an urban gardening program from Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Myrna also holds an M.S. in Urban Policy and Nonprofit Management. When she’s not playing records or making medicine, she’s organizing healing spaces with Casitas Wisdom.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Innovations in participatory democracy are important because the ways we activate democracy should always be revisited, redefined and redesigned. People and systems change and grow over time, so should our civic processes.

What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

I hope to see folks leading conversations who are not typically seen as experts or participants in democracy (but who actually have been for a long time).