Abby Kanyer started as the ACLU of Wisconsin’s community engagement manager in October 2021, and was named the deputy director of community engagement in 2022.
Abby leads as a relationship builder across the community, supporting our collaborators and coalition partners to lead public engagement, youth programming, and education initiatives. “I find immense joy and purpose in cultivating meaningful partnerships with fellow community members who share in the vision of dismantling power structures founded on the principles of patriarchy and white supremacy, and centering the experience of impacted invidiuals,” Abby said.
As a Milwaukeean, Abby is particularly passionate about racial justice initiatives and how structural power systems have created substantial and detrimental equity gaps in our city. She says that her background as a graduate of a traditionally all-women college made her deeply invested in reproductive rights and ethics.
Abby was a former outreach coordinator at Marquette University Opus College of Engineering, with a bachelor’s in Chemistry from Wellesley College in 2014. She also has a master’s degree in food science and technology and is a former brewing scientist who is a craft beer lover and food nerd.
Abby’s favorite quote: “The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness; it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy; it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death; it’s indifference.” - Elie Wiesel.