José Azel, Ph.D. Entrepreneur, author, and former Senior Scholar at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, and Adjunct Professor of International Business at the University of Miami.
Juan Gutiérrez. President and founder of JAG Companies, Inc., a group of civil construction companies based in New Jersey and Texas. Juan has presided or been part of the executive board of several leading contractors’ associations in the United States.
Argelio Maldonado, President of the Board. Entrepreneur, consultant, and former international executive for Charles Schwab, IBM, Citibank, LifeSavers Candy and P&G with an MBA from Columbia University.
María E. Pérez, Treasurer of the Board. Former computer industry executive, and founder of the non-profit project, Cuba Art New York.
Alexis Romay, Secretary of the Board. Author, professor, and founder of the Cuba-themed blog “Belascoaín y Neptuno” with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Havana and a Masters of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from the City University of New York.
Maria C. Werlau, Founder. Scholar/author. (See more in Staff.)
Our co-founders Armando Lago, Ph.D. (1939-2008) and María (Cuca) Pino de Cañizares (1934-2008)
and our beloved and longtime director Manuel (Manny) Pérez (1947-2022).