LP Team

Local Project is a volunteer run organization, this is why your support means a lot to us.


Carolina Penafiel
Executive Director
Jesse Villafuerte
Programs Assistant/Youth coordinator
June Kosloff
Music Under the 7  Coordinator
Elisa Montesinos
Editor in Chief eL Paper Magazine
Mauricio Morales
Operations, technical support
Carolina Montesinos
Development Associate



Through our partnership with Information Technology High School in Long Island City and LaGuardia Community College, LP host students in regular basis.

Summer crew TBA

  Jason Lucero


Deysi C. Montero

           Ashley Sequeira


Advisory Board

Richard-MazdaRichard Mazda
is a writer, director, producer, actor, singer and musician. Born in the UK and now residing in NYC.  In early 2005 he founded The Queens Players, an acting troupe that would go on to produce over 40 main-stage productions.  In 2007 Mazda founded the Secret Theatre, a 50-seat black box performance space in Long Island City, Queens. In 2011 Mazda co-founded the LIC Arts Open with Karen Dimit. The festival is now the largest arts festival in Queens and is now well established after 5 successful years. Other notable achievements in the fine arts world includes founding and running the Camberwell Arts festival in London in 1996 which is still a prestige fine arts festival that will be producing its 20th festival in 2015.
davidatyards-11-150x150David Bromley hearts the mission of LP! A tireless warrior for the non-profit art world, David has directed a wide array of projects for Queens Council on the Arts (QCA), Flushing Town Hall, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and Results International to name a few (portfolio). In 2015 he served as the Online Director for the 5th Annual LIC Arts Open. During the 2013 – 14 year, David was a Digital Communications Fellow for Emerging Leaders of New York Arts (ELNYA). It is his privilege to direct projects where he can continue to explore his passion for community building through web development and new media. David is the lead consultant at LIC Web Solutions.
orestes face pic 2 copy 2Orestes Gonzalez is an Architect, Photographer & Writer.
As an Architect, he has restored over 30 townhouses in Harlem, Brooklyn & Queens, NY. His restaurant designs include Malbec & Tango House in NYC, Crescent Grill, & Sage General Store in LIC, New York.
He has been a roving photographer for the past 30 years, covering over 32 countries. His specific interest is capturing mans need in leaving a mark on this world and the constant changes in traditions as a result of technology & communication.
His monthly photo column , “ORESTES’LIC” in the LIC COURIER MAGAZINE, presents images of Long Island City, Queens and its constituents during this time of transition.
He is a contributing photographer to CASA FOA , Buenos Aires, and a past contributing editor for Casa & Hogar Magazine.
His photography has been shown and published extensively, including The Miami Herald, and El Clarin & La Nacion newspapers in Argentina.
His first book of photography,“Street Life”, is currently available on his website.
Orestes Gonzalez is represented by the Barbara Gillman Gallery in Miami, and The Jeffrey Leder Gallery in LIC, NY.
He divides his time between New York City & Miami.