Our primary focus is geared towards single adults, families and seniors who are indigent and/or homeless or at risk of losing their homes. NAICA is a not-for-profit, multi-service, family-oriented housing and human service agency that provides culturally sensitive services to children, youth, seniors and families.

The agency’s core methods of services include affordable housing development & construction, housing management, legal assistance and representation, homeless prevention & stabilization, case management/case work, and community education and development.

In 1989, NAICA was designated a Neighborhood Preservation Company by the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal. Since then, NAICA has received annual administrative awards to provide a variety of housing related services and develop affordable housing opportunities in the Bronx. For the last 20 years, DHCR has provided funds to NAICA for the purpose of helping Bronx residents with their housing needs.

As a designated Neighborhood Preservation Company, NAICA offers services to residents, building owners, businesses, and community stakeholders to ensure that their housing needs are met, without displacing current community residents.

As part of the overall transformation, NAICA has played a major role in rehabilitating run-down buildings, developing tenants’ associations, addressing building code violations, and developing new housing throughout the Bronx. NAICA continues to build and expand its commitment to the economic, social and cultural resurgence of Bronx neighborhoods.


Eduardo LaGuerre, MS

Elvira Barone

Interim, Chief Executive Officer

Shameeka Gonzalez-Gamboa, MBA

Shameeka M. Gonzalez-Gamboa

Chief Financial Officer

Richard Izquierdo Arroyo, MA

Richard Izquierdo

Chief Operating Officer

Board of Directors

Elvira Barone

Ululy Rafael Martinez, Esq.


Angie Gonzalez

Angie Gonzalez

Vice Chair

Carmen Aquino

Carmen Aquino

Treasurer/Chair, Finance & Audit Committee

Linda Duke

Linda Duke


Rosemarie Torres

Rosemarie Torres

Member, Chair Nominating Committee

Carlos Sierra

Carlos Sierra


Victor Negron

Victor Negron, Esq.


Executive Leadership

Joanitha Groves, BA

Joanitha Groves

Executive Director of Human Resource

Evelyn Jenkins, MSW

Executive Director of Transitional Housing Programs

Gary Lee, BS

Gary Lee

Executive Director of Information Technology

Ana Maldonado, BA

Ana Maldonado-Ocasio

Special Assistant to Chief Operating Officer / Development and Special Projects

Ramon Arrendell, CPA

Maria Del Carmen Martir

Executive Director of Facilities & Project Management

Ramon Arrendell, CPA

Ricardo Cosme Ruiz

Director of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs

Elvis Torres, MAFM

Elvis Torres

Executive Director of Housing Services

Marlen Valarezo, Esq.

Marlen Valarezo, Esq.

Executive Director of Legal Services