Sarah Stephens

Executive Director

Sarah Stephens is the executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) which publishes the Cuba Central news blast

As CDA director, 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, academics, experts, and philanthropists to Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras and Venezuela 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. 

CDA has previously published reports on engagement with Cuba, Cuba’s plans to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and the administration of Mauricio Funes, president of El Salvador. 

A long-time human rights advocate, Sarah began her work in the 1980s at El Rescate, a center for Central American refugees in Los Angeles, and then worked for the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee on human rights issues in the early 90s. She later founded and directed Artists for a Hate Free America, an entertainment industry-backed organization geared toward encouraging youth involvement in human rights and civil rights issues.

Sarah moved to Washington to work on Cuba policy at the Washington Office on Latin America, and, in December 2001, joined the staff at the Center for International Policy, where she founded the Freedom to Travel to Cuba campaign.  In 2006, she left CIP and launched the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA).