The Loisaida Center
Libertad O. Guerra – DirectorAnthropologist, social and art researcher/historian with 15 years of experience in cultural production and arts management. Guerra applies her expertise in Puerto Rican, Latino and Latin American social, artistic and community movements in urban immigrant settings to strategic program development and institutional partnerships. The implemented outcome has been Loisaida’s diverse and inter-generational roster of programs, depth of cultural offer at the revamped Loisaida Festival, production of critically and community acclaimed exhibitions.
Alejandro Epifanio Juan – Operations ManagerSculptor, painter, curator and graphic designer, a multifaceted artist born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Alejandro received his BFA in Painting & Sculpture from The School of Visual Arts of Manhattan. He brings a diverse skill set to his work overseeing grant completion, IT, media and graphic design development. He currently works close with the Lower East Side, Spanish Harlem and South Bronx communities of NYC.
Andrea Gordillo – Program Outreach ManagerAndrea Gordillo is a Peruvian-American filmmaker, producer, writer, and activist. She has contributed research on race and inequality to the Institute for Policy Studies, the Walter Stafford Project at NYU, and the Loisaida Center. She holds a BA in International Relations and currently finishing her masters in Media and Cultural Studies at NYU, focusing on the Lower East Side’s cultural history and its role in contemporary place-making and urban planning.
Tareake Ramos – Youth LiaisonTareake Ramos was born and raised in the Lower East Side and has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Tareake is the founder and executive director of Dorill Initiative, which is a nonprofit organization that is committed to empowering youth to tell their stories and transform communities through literary, visual and performing arts education.
Angel Santini – Special Events Coordinator & Senior ProgramsAngel Santini has over 20 years experience in event planning / coordination and social activism. He brings his troubleshooting and proactive skills to the coordination of special events, senior program development, liaising and marketing.
Lymaris Albors – VP for Business Development – Acacia NetworkAs the VP for Business Development, she is responsible for special new business opportunities and special project mergers and acquisitions. One of Acacia’s main commitments is to preserve Latino organizations that are experiencing difficulties due to the changing policy and funding environment. Her primary responsibility is to work with these organizations seeking new business opportunities which fit within the network overall mission.