Anya Landau French is the editor of and a frequent contributor to The Havana Note. She has led more than two dozen research trips to Cuba. Landau French has published on U.S.-Cuban relations and Cuban affairs for more than a decade, including in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, TheAtlantic.com, ForeignPolicy.com, CNN.com, the South Florida Sentinel and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Her blog posts have been picked up frequently by the Christian Science Monitor's Latin America Monitor, The Huffington Post and The Washington Note. In 2009, she published Options for Engagement: A Resource Guide for Reforming U.S. Policy toward Cuba.


Arturo Lopez-Levy is a lecturer and doctoral candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies of the University of Denver. Mr. Lopez-Levy worked as analyst for the Cuban government between 1993 and 1994 when he resigned from his post. Between 1999 and 2001, Lopez-Levy was secretary of the Bnai Brith in the Cuban Jewish Community. He is a coauthor of the book "Raul Castro and the New Cuba: A Close Up View of Change". E-mail: Ael2002@columbia.edu

International Director

Gail Reed, M.S., is a journalist who serves as International Director of Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC), an Atlanta-based non-profit organization that develops programs bridging the US, Cuban and global medical, nursing and public health communities. She is Executive Editor of MEDICC Review, a quarterly journal on Cuban medicine and public health.

Executive Director

John McAuliff has been an active participant in the civil rights, peace and equitable development movements in the United States since the 1960s. After graduating from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, he registered voters during the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964 with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, then served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru for two years.

Colonel, US Army (Retired)

Lawrence Wilkerson is the Visiting Pamela C. Harriman Professor of Government at the College of William Mary, as well as Professorial Lecturer in the Honors Program at the George Washington University. His last positions in government were as Secretary of State Colin Powell's Chief of Staff (2002-05), Associate Director of the State Department's Policy Planning staff under the directorship of Ambassador Richard N. Haass, and member of that staff responsible for East Asia and the Pacific, political-military and legislative affairs (2001-02). Before serving at the State Department, Wilkerson served 31 years in the U.S. Army, including as Deputy Executive Officer to then-General Colin Powell when he commanded the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989), Special Assistant to General Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93), and as Director and Deputy Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia (1993-97). Wilkerson retired from active service in 1997 and then worked as an advisor to General Powell.

Executive Director

Sarah Stephens is the executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) which publishes the Cuba Central news blast.  Sarah works with U.S. policymakers, journalists and others, to change the debate on U.S. foreign policy toward the hemisphere.   She has led dozens of delegations of U.S. policymakers to Cuba on fact-finding and research missions.  She has advocated for changes in our policy toward Cuba before Congress, at forums in the U.S. and in Latin America, in editorial columns, and other publications

Senior Fellow and Director

Steven Clemons directs the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, which aims to promote a new American internationalism that combines a tough-minded realism about America's interests in the world with a pragmatic idealism about the kind of world order best suited to America's democratic way of life. He is also a Senior Fellow at New America, and previously served as Executive Vice President.


Ted Henken is an Associate Professor and Acting Chair of the Department of Black and Hispanic Studies at Baruch College in New York City. He visits Cuba frequently. You can find him blogging regularly about the Cuban "blogosphere," as well as Cuban society, poltics, culture, and economics at El Yuma.

Executive Director

Tomas Bilbao is Executive Director of the Cuba Study Group. Prior to joining the CSG, Mr. Bilbao served as Director of Operations on the successful campaign of Mel Martinez for U.S. Senate. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Bilbao served in the Administration of George W. Bush as Deputy Director of Operations at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as Personal Aide to Secretary Mel Martinez