2021 LEADERSHIP AWARDS HONOREE
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Lymaris Albors is the Executive Vice President and COO at Acacia Network, where she is responsible for the leadership and day-to-day operations of one of the leading human services organization in New York City and the largest Hispanic-led nonprofit in the Nation, providing integrated, culturally-competent, and trauma-informed services to over 150,000 individuals of all ages through: Primary Care; Mental Health and Addiction Services; Residential Treatment for At-Risk Populations; Affordable and Supportive Housing; Transitional Housing; Early Childhood Education; Afterschool Programs and Youth Development; Senior Services; Workforce Development; Arts and Culture, and more. Acacia Network currently comprises more than 100 affiliates and over 2,700 employees across six states and Puerto Rico, with an annual operating budget that exceeds $750 million.
With more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she has dedicated her career to streamlining processes, building capacity, and instituting best practices across a diverse portfolio of high-impact organizations, with special emphasis on healthcare, housing, business development, and operations.
At Acacia Network, Lymaris has paved the way for network-wide integration and organizational restructuring during a period of exponential growth, effectively laying the groundwork for the organization’s long-term strategic vision. Among other achievements, Lymaris has spearheaded the transition of new, high-impact affiliates into Acacia Network, and managed its expansion into Puerto Rico. Under her leadership, Acacia has further diversified its housing portfolio through joint ventures with the largest for-profit developers in the State. In addition, Lymaris has championed cultural, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives across the network, and ensured that all services across the organization are delivered through a trauma-informed lens.
A passionate advocate for arts & culture as an integral part of community development, Lymaris nurtured and developed Acacia’s cultural arm, Loisaida Center, into a self-sustaining affiliate of the organization. In Puerto Rico, she led the Network’s humanitarian efforts during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and the 2020 earthquakes, and in response to COVID-19. Prior to joining Acacia, Lymaris served as an Administrator for the William F. Ryan Women and Children’s Community Health Center, and as a Project Director and Capacity Building Specialist at CAI Global, formerly known as Cicatelli Associates Inc.
Lymaris earned a Master’s Degree in Public Communications from Fordham University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico. She is a Fellow of the 2014 Executive Leadership Program of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), an award-winning Executive Program comprised of a diverse group of Latina professionals working across the nation in the public and private sectors. She also holds an Executive Leadership Certificate from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from the Center for Creative Leadership.