Robert Sanfiz

Robert Sanfiz has been the Executive Director of La Nacional since 2008. La Nacional is the 150-year-old Spanish Benevolent Society located on West 14th Street, which represents and historically advocated for the “Little Spain” community that stretched from Christopher to 23rd Street along the west side, once the largest Spanish-American community in New York City. Robert grew up in Queens and first moved to the Village in 1996. After five years in Spain, he returned to the Village in 2005 and is raising his family here. Sanfiz first became involved with La Nacional as their pro bono attorney. This oral history focuses on the history of the Spanish immigrant community in New York, and on the history of La Nacional and the challenges to keep the institution viable for the community.