The Loisaida Center
Libertad O. Guerra – Director & Chief CuratorAnthropologist, 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 ManagerAlejandro oversees the organization’s web development, supervision of facilities, image and branding of Loisaida Inc. and the annual Loisaida Festival. A communications strategist, conceptualizing, designing, promoting, marketing, developing and managing day-to-day operations of the center, including El Semillero’s technology and media programs. Sculptor, painter, curator and graphic designer, a multifaceted artist born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and a resident of the Lower East Side.
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.
Paul Garrin – Creative Technologist & IT ManagerPaul Garrin is an interdisciplinary artist and social entrepreneur whose work explores the social impact of technology and issues of media access, free speech, public/private space, and the digital divide. In 2003, Garrin launched WiFi-NY, an independent, cooperative community wireless broadband network that serves downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. He continues to live and work in the Lower East Side.
Angel Santini – Senior Programs & Events Coordinator – Acacia NetworkAngel 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 programs development, liaising and marketing.
Lymaris Albors – COO & Executive Vice President – Acacia NetworkLymaris Albors is an exceptional, proactive, hands-on C-level executive with nearly 20 years of experience in the non-profit arena, with a rich mix of healthcare, housing, business development, and operations experience. Her strong commitment to quality, extensive managerial background, and dedication to lean processes has been asset to Acacia Network since she joined the organization in 2012.
Raul Russi – President & CEO – Acacia NetworkRaul Russi is the President and CEO of Acacia Network, Inc., the largest Puerto Rican-founded organization in the nation. Serving more than 170,000 people each year in the areas of Primary and Behavioral Healthcare, Economic Development, Housing, Education, and Cultural Arts. Acacia Network offers a unique array of fully integrated services throughout New York State, including New York City, Albany and Buffalo, as well as Florida, Tennessee, Maryland, and Puerto Rico.
Loisaida Inc. is an affiliate of the Acacia Network.