Alejandro Epifanio Torres – Executive & Artistic Director (he, him, el)
Based in Lower Manhattan by way of Borikén (Puerto Rico) Alejandro is a prominent figure in the neighborhood, blending his rich cultural heritage with a passion for the arts and social justice. His tenure as Executive Director of Loisaida, Inc. highlights his commitment to community development, leading initiatives that foster creative problem-solving, artistic expression and civic engagement. Through his leadership, Alejandro has transformed Loisaida, Inc. into a vital cultural community hub.
Promise Gladys Jiménez – Office Manager & Administration
Born and raised in the Lower East Side, Promise has always had a passion for advocating and supporting underrepresented communities. She obtained her Bachelors in Social Work and Media Studies from Iona University in 2022. While in school, she coordinated programs and events centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion and volunteered in her college neighborhood. She is excited to reconnect with her own community through outreach initiatives with Loisaida!
Paul Garrin – Creative Technologist, Ecolibrium Program Manager
Paul 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.
Chunbum Park – Multimedia & Marketing Associate
Also known as Chun, Chunbum Park is a painter, writer, and photographer, who writes for various art magazines and publications. They earned their Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts Studio from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2022. Chun manages the Loisaida Center’s social media presence and creates content for our various events and programs. Chun is a first-generation Korean American who immigrated in 2000 and is now living in Palisades Park, NJ.
Maylyn Iglesias – Lead Archivist – Loisaida Cultural Archives
Born on the Lower East Side and raised immersed in the neighborhood’s hip hop and punk community, Maylyn Iglesias -AKA Zero- finds her images by walking (sometimes all night) fascinated by the things people do and leave behind and the endlessly creative ways they find to exist in the city. Maylyn is a recent graduate of LaGuardia Community College. Her work has been shown at ABC No Rio , ChaShaMa, EV Gallery, Theater for the New City, The Clemente, Rivington Music Rehearsal Studios, and Hackney Picture House, London.
Loisaida Inc. Center Team:
Oniel Bennet – Facilities & Maintenance
Vitor Fraga – Videographer, Editor, Producer (Loisaida TV)
Horacio Peña – Sound/Audio , Resident Artist (Loisaida Studio)
Chris Napoli – Sound/Audio, Intern, Producer (Loisaida TV)
Brady Rivera – Photographer, Intern, Producer (Loisaida TV)
Loisaida Resident Artists:
Brianna K. Love – Maker Artist in Residence
Subterra Sound – Entrepreneurial Artist in Residence
Julia Colletes – Textile Artist in Residence
Jibreel Zauhar – Textiles & Multidisciplinary Artist in Residence
Loisaida Teaching Artists & Puppeteers
Marta Dan Rosario – Teaching Artist
Rosa Velez – Puppeteer
Pedro Alomar – Puppeteer
Sal Chen – Wednesday’s Open Studio
Loisaida, Inc. Board:
Chair – Kaleb H. Sanchez, esq.
Co-Chair – Wilfred Renta
Treasurer – Anthony Rivera
Secretary – Angel Cruz
Member – Angel Audiffred
Member- Deborah Quiñones
Acacia Network Inc. Executive Team:
Lymaris Albors – Chief Executive Officer
María del Carmen Arroyo – Chief Administrative Officer
Raul Russi – President
Acacia Network Inc. – Finance & Compliance