Anya Landau French


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,,,, 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.

Landau French is a former International Trade Advisor to Chairman Max Baucus of the Senate Finance Committee. In that capacity she focused on trade and worker adjustment policy, U.S.-Cuba relations, and helped draft and pass the 2006 SAFE Port Act. Previously she advised Senator Baucus on defense, homeland security, immigration, and foreign policy. During her time in the Senate, she worked extensively on issues dealing with U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba, Treasury Department sanctions enforcement and the U.S. ban on travel to Cuba.

Landau French holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in International Education from the George Washington University. She speaks Spanish and German.