Members
Young Professional - New York, NY
Matthew Aho
Young Professional - Havana, Cuba
Aldo Alvarez
Young Professional - New York, NY
Mercedes Barba
Board Member - New York, NY
Joe Benavides
Board Member - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Jorge L. Benitez
Young Professional - Miami, FL
M. Cristina Benitez
Member - Miami, FL
Tere Alvarez Canida
Young Professional - Cincinnati, OH
Brian Cofer
Board Member - New York, NY
Jose M. de Lasa
Young Professional - San Francisco, CA
Francesca de Quesada Covey
Young Professional - Chicago, IL
Evan Deahl
Member - New York, NY
Natica del Valle von Althann
Young Professional - Miami, FL
Karina DuQuesne
Young Professional - San Francisco, CA
Sara Egozi
Board Member - West Palm Beach, FL
Andres Fanjul
Young Professional - New York, NY
Cynthia Fernandez
Member - Boulder, CO
Carlos Garcia
Board Member - Denver, CO
Maria Garcia Berry
Board Member - Boston, MA
Roberto Goizueta
Young Professional - New York, NY
Roberto Goizueta Jr.
Young Professional - Miami, FL
Felice Gorordo
Young Professional - New York, NY
Stephanie Grayson
Board Member - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
David Hernandez
Member - Boston, MA
John Hickey
Young Professional - New York, NY
Myrel Iturrey
Board Member - Miami, FL
Victor L. Maruri
Board Member - Darien, CT
John McIntire
Young Professional - Washington DC
Kezia McKeague
Board Member - New York, NY
Eduardo G. Mestre
Young Professional - Miami, FL
Monica Mora
Board Member - Miami, FL
Juan T. O'Naghten
Young Professional - Miami, FL
Andrew Otazo
Board Member - Geneva, CH
John Ryan
Chairman - Miami, FL
Carlos A. Saladrigas
Young Professional - New York, NY
Adam San Miguel
Board Member - Miami, FL
Enrique Sosa
Young Professional - Miami, FL
Loly Sosa
Young Professional - New York, NY
Alana Tummino
Young Professional - Washington DC
Jordan Valdés
Young Professional - Washington DC
Charles von Althann
Young Professional - New York, NY
Robert von Althann

Young Professional - New York, NY
Matthew Aho
Matthew Aho is an international affairs specialist at Akerman Senterfitt, with more than eight years of experience working on issues throughout Latin America, with a particular focus on Cuba, Venezuela, Central America, Peru, and Mexico.

Prior to joining Akerman, he was Manager of the Policy Department at the New York headquarters of Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA)—the Western Hemisphere’s premiere business membership organization—and editor of the hemispheric policy magazine Americas Quarterly. From 2009–2012, Matthew oversaw the AS/COA’s Cuba Working Group (CWG), which since 2008 has brought together senior executives of select-Fortune 500 companies with officials from the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury, and the National Security Council to discuss topics including financial services, telecommunications, energy, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, and agriculture. The CWG’s discussions focus on possible future changes to U.S.–Cuba relations. In this capacity, Matthew is a recognized expert on the legal and regulatory frameworks comprising the U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba. During his tenure at AS/COA, Matthew also worked on region-wide public policy projects on issues ranging from insecurity and violence prevention to youth unemployment.

Matthew holds a Master of International Affairs degree in international economic policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a B.A. in Political Studies from Bard College. Matthew has lived extensively in Latin America, including Venezuela, Peru, and Brazil. In 2002, he was awarded a Fulbright grant and conducted year-long research on agricultural markets in Peru. Matt is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese and Russian.
Young Professional - Havana, Cuba
Aldo Alvarez
Aldo Alvarez is a Cuban-trained, Havana-based attorney and commercial analyst who represents U.S. and international companies that require sound independent legal advice, business intelligence, and Cuba market entry planning assistance. As a graduate of both the University of Havana's school of law and Carlos III University of Madrid's master's program in corporate law, Mr. Alvarez is one of the only European-trained lawyers currently providing independent services on the island. In addition to his roster of European and Latin American clients, Mr. Alvarez has worked alongside several U.S. law firms to help guide American companies through the Cuban market's unique legal and bureaucratic challenges. Since 2015, Aldo has assisted airlines, cruise lines, online travel platforms, live events companies (Major Lazer – 2016), sports leagues, consumer goods companies, financial services providers, shipping and logistics providers, building materials exporters, and many others. He has also advised individuals on wills and estates matters and the procurement of official documents (birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, etc.). Prior to his return to Cuba in February 2015, Aldo spent six years in Madrid, Spain where he completed his post-graduate studies and worked as an associate attorney advising European businesses on Cuba at Spanish law firm Interjuris. In addition to his Havana offices, Aldomaintains a presence in Madrid, Spain through his corporate entity, Mercatoria S.A. He is proficient in English.
Young Professional - New York, NY
Mercedes Barba
Mercedes Barba is an Account Manager at IF Studio, a New York City brand strategy and graphic design agency. She is also the Chairwoman of Friends of Caritas Cubana’s New York Young Professionals Committee. Mercedes previously worked as an Account Coordinator for MGA Media Group.
Board Member - New York, NY
Joe Benavides
Mr. Benavides is a Partner at Veritas Capital. He previously served as a Managing Director at The Blackstone Group where he focused primarily on the business services, technology and industrial sectors.  Prior to The Blackstone Group, Mr. Benavides was at Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Benavides received a B.S. in Economics, cum laude, from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Board Member - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Jorge L. Benitez
Jorge L. Benitez retired from Accenture in August 2014 as chief executive of North America. He had primary responsibility for Accenture’s business and operations in North America, including developing and executing the company’s business strategy, delivering client service and driving its growth in the region.

Prior to being named chief executive and senior managing director, Mr. Benitez served as the chief operating officer for Products, the largest of Accenture’s five operating groups. During his five years in that role, Mr. Benitez led Accenture’s global business across a wide set of consumer-relevant industry groups, including: Automotive; Air, Freight & Travel Services; Consumer Goods & Services; Industrial Equipment; Infrastructure & Transportation Services; Life Sciences; and Retail. He has also served as the Executive Sponsor for several of Accenture’s largest clients.

During his 33+ years at Accenture, Mr. Benitez served clients in the Chemicals, Energy, Retail, Automotive, Consumer Packaged Goods and Life Sciences industries. His skills and expertise include: Large-scale Transformations, Enterprise System Implementations, Change Management and Leadership Development.

Mr. Benitez serves on a variety of Boards and Forums focused on Business, Education, Policy, and Health. These include: The Busisness Roundtable, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executive 50, Global 100, Change the Equation, The Business for Higher Education Forum, Leugemia and Lymphoma Society and the University of Florida Warrington School of Business.

Mr. Benitez has been recognized for his impact on business and the Latino society. Specifically, Hispanic Business Magazine named him to its “2011 Top 25 Corporate Elite”, list and, in 2004, selected him as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States. He was also selected to the PODER Top 100 Influential Hispanics in 2011. Diversity Inc. recognized Mr. Benitez as one of their “People on the Move” in 2011. In 2012 Mr. Benitez was welcomed into the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Circle.
Young Professional - Miami, FL
M. Cristina Benitez
Cristina Benitez is a Director in the Office of Strategic Management at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits in Miami. As a former a strategy and operations management consultant, she has helped corporations and nonprofit organizations define and implement their strategies. She has extensive experience leading high performing projects and teams, managing stakeholder relationships, driving business analysis, and developing impactful presentations and working sessions.
Member - Miami, FL
Tere Alvarez Canida
Tere Alvarez Canida is President and portfolio manager of Taplin, Canida & Habacht, LLC (TCH), an investment management firm specializing in fixed income account management. Founded in 1985 and located in Miami, Florida, TCH manages client assets for public and corporate pension funds, endowments, foundations and hospitals. Tere is responsible for the firm’s investment policy and strategy and managing client portfolios along with the firm’s other portfolio managers. Prior to founding TCH in 1985, Ms. Canida was Vice President and Senior Investment Officer for Southeast Banks Trust Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from George Washington University.

Ms. Alvarez Canida serves on the Board of Directors of Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation, a publicly traded company based in Birmingham, Alabama. She also serves on the Board of Directors of New America Alliance (NAA), as well as the Board of Advisors for Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Young Professional - Cincinnati, OH
Brian Cofer
Brian Cofer is a customer development and sales leader at Procter & Gamble. During his three years at P&G, Brian has been responsible for managing partnerships with top global retailers, representing brands within P&G's largest global category (Tide, Downy, Gain, Bounce). Additionally, Brian leads organizational initiatives at P&G, such as talent development and end-to-end business operations implementation. Brian is a graduate of Indiana University - Bloomington.
Board Member - New York, NY
Jose M. de Lasa
Mr. de Lasa served for ten years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Abbott Laboratories. He retired in 2005. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of directors of several charitable organizations.
Young Professional - San Francisco, CA
Francesca de Quesada Covey
Francesca currently heads jobs and services partnerships at Facebook, leading its cross-platform strategy to reach local businesses. Previously, Francesca was Head of Platform Partnerships for Latin America supporting the Facebook, Messenger, and Internet.org platforms.

Prior to joining Facebook, Francesca served at the White House as Deputy Counselor for Strategic Engagement to Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States in the Obama administration. Francesca started her career in Washington, DC as an analyst focusing on research and strategic communications development at TSD Communications after having worked in finance for both UBS International (Miami, FL) and Goldman Sachs (London, UK).

Francesca has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in Political Science and French and a master’s degree from Sciences-Po, Paris in International Business and Strategy.
Young Professional - Chicago, IL
Evan Deahl
Evan Deahl is an Associate at Evolution Media, and assists with origination, structuring, and execution of sports, media, and entertainment M&A and financing transactions. Evan is a graduate of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management at the University of Pennsylvania, holding a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and a B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Member - New York, NY
Natica del Valle von Althann
Ms. von Althann serves as independent director of PPL Corporation, TD Bank N.A. and Fuel Cell Energy, Inc. Previously she served as Senior Credit Risk Management Executive for Bank of America and Chief Credit Risk Officer of U.S. Trust, an investment management company where she had served as Chief Credit Officer since 2003. Prior to joining U.S. Trust, Ms. von Althann served as managing director at IQ Venture Partners, an investment banking boutique. Previously, she spent 26 years at Citigroup, including in a number of senior management roles. During her time at Citigroup, among other positions, she served as managing director and co-head of Citicorp’s U.S. Telecommunications?Technology group, managing director and global industry head of the Retail and Apparel group, and division executive and market region head for Latin America in the Citigroup private banking group.

Ms. von Althann earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in political science from Bryn Mawr College and completed master’s-level work in Iberian and Latin American history at the University of Cologne, Germany. She serves as a director of TD Bank, N.A., where she is a member of the Board Risk and Wealth Management committees. In 2009, Ms. von althann was appointed to the board of PPL Corporation where she is a member of the Board Audit and Nuclear Oversight Committees and Chair of the Finance Committee. Previously Ms. von Althann spent eight years on the board of the YWCA of New York. In January 2013, Ms. von Althann was reappointed to serve a second three-year term on the First Department Disciplinary Committee of the New York State Supreme Court. She also serves as vice-chair of the Board of Neighbors Link, a non-profit organization in Mt. Kisco, New York, and is a Committee member of the New York chapter of Friends of Caritas Cubana.
Young Professional - Miami, FL
Karina DuQuesne
Karina DuQuesne is an Associate at DLA Piper LLP’s Miami office where she focuses her practice on Mergers & Acquisitions transactions across several industries. She is experienced in representing private equity & venture capital funds, management companies, and emerging, high-growth companies. Karina actively represents clients in structuring and negotiating mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, affiliations, employment, management and consulting agreements. Karina began her career at Goldman Sachs as a Financial Analyst in the Securities Division’s Pension, Endowment, & Foundation Group, which manages relationships with pension funds, endowments, and foundations and works with investors to develop and implement cross asset investment, risk hedging, liquidity management, private placement, and co-investment strategies. She earned a Juris Doctor and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Benjamin N. Cardozo School in New York City, as an E. Nathaniel Gates Scholar and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Young Professional - San Francisco, CA
Sara Egozi
Sara Egozi is a member of Twitter's global public policy strategy team in San Francisco. Her background intersects policy, business, and social entrepreneurship. Over the last three years, Sara's consulted tech companies and social ventures on marketing and partnerships. She was one of the first hires at TwentyFirstCenturyBrand, a purpose-driven brand consultancy.

Sara completed a dual MBA at Stanford and MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she championed initiatives fostering U.S.-Cuba engagement. She founded and led Harvard and Stanford educational trips to Cuba. Last summer, she managed Alter Global's work in Havana with AlaMesa, the Yelp and Uber Eats of Cuba.

Sara previously drove interagency partnerships at the U.S. Institute of Peace, developing partnerships with the State Department, USAID, and Pentagon, as well as international and non-governmental organizations. She also supported the President of McLarty Associates, an international diplomatic advisory firm. Sara received her B.A. from Yale in Political Science.
Board Member - West Palm Beach, FL
Andres Fanjul
Andres Fanjul is Executive Vice President of Fanjul Corp. and Florida Crystals Corporation. Florida Crystals owns 155,000 acres of land in Palm Beach County and produces sugar, rice and other agricultural products as well as generates renewable energy in the largest biomass power plant in North America. Florida Crystals, with its subsidiary ASR Group, the world’s largest sugar refiner, produces more than six million tons of sugar across North America and in Europe, which is marketed through the Domino®, C&H®, Florida Crystals®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle®, Sidul® and Sores® brands. It also owns sugar mills in Mexico and Belize. In the Dominican Republic, Central Romana Corporation, another Fanjul company, is engaged in sugar milling and refining, cattle, real estate and resort hotel operations, including Casa de Campo.

Mr. Fanjul is President of Florida Crystals’ Okeelanta Division and has overseen its growth into sustainable farming, factory expansion, refining, state-of-the-art packaging and renewable energy.

Mr. Fanjul’s leadership extends to the community. As an advocate and fundraiser for disadvantaged youth and families, he and his wife Cathie have been major fundraisers for New Hope Charities, Food for the Poor, The Heart Association, Catholic Charities and other great causes.

Mr. Fanjul holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in Business Administration from St. Thomas University.
Young Professional - New York, NY
Cynthia Fernandez
Cynthia Fernandez Lumermann is a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and joined the firm in 2013. Cynthia has worked on a broad range of litigation matters, including international arbitration, corporate, commercial and deal-related litigation, securities litigation, and federal criminal cases.

From July 2016 to November 2016, Cynthia took a leave of absence from Wachtell Lipton to join Hillary for America as a vetting specialist.

Before joining Wachtell Lipton, Cynthia served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kenneth M. Karas of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York during the 2011-2012 term and to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit during the 2012-2013 term.

She completed a J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law in 2011 where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Developments Editor of the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics. Cynthia received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College in 2004.

Cynthia also serves as a board member of the NYU Law Alumni Association, chairs her firm's annual fundraising efforts for the Legal Aid Society, and is a member of the Associates' Committee, an associate-led grant foundation that provides funding to legal public interest organizations.
Member - Boulder, CO
Carlos Garcia
Carlos Garcia is the founder, owner, and President of KIRA, a facilities maintenance and construction services that works extensively with the Department of Defense. He is also the founder of the Garcia Family Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania, which is awarded to students of Hispanic decent.
Board Member - Denver, CO
Maria Garcia Berry
Maria Garcia Berry is the guiding force behind what is today one of the most influential public affairs firms in Colorado. Serving a broad spectrum of clients from transportation to professional sports teams to real estate developers, the services of Ms. Garcia Berry and her associates are sought by clients across the United States.

As chief executive officer of CRL Associates, Inc., she successfully manages CRL's broad client base that includes a variety of high-profile projects such as the Master Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Denver's Union Station; the transformation of the former Villa Italia mall site into Belmar; and Forest City's redevelopment of Stapleton. In 2004, Ms. Garcia Berry was the campaign chair for the nation's largest proposed mass transit expansion effort, the successful FasTracks Yes campaign. She is a much sought-after consultant for other locales striving to bring an integrated and comprehensive transportation program to their area. In addition to FasTracks, she has been a strategic consultant to a number of transportation-related initiatives around the country, including a transportation master plan for the seven-county Tampa Bay region adopted in 2009 by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) and a 2012 regional transportation referendum in the 10-county Atlanta region that would fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements.

Highly respected for her skills in negotiation, mediation and advocacy, Ms Garcia Berry is experienced at forging links between diverse interests and groups. She is widely recognized in her field for her expertise in government and public decision making, strategic planning, coalition building, crisis communications, community outreach, public positioning and legislative advocacy.

Maria Garcia Berry is a member of the Board of Directors of TBD Colorado, a nonpartisan, collaborative effort designed to create informed and constructive conversations among Coloradans about some of the biggest issues facing the state.

She is a member of the Auraria Higher Education Center Board of Directors; serves on the Citywide Banks Board; and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. Ms. Garcia Berry is also an alumnus of Leadership Denver. She is married to Chuck Berry, currently the CEO and president of Colorado's Association of Commerce and Industry and formerly Colorado's Speaker of the House. They have three children.
Board Member - Boston, MA
Roberto Goizueta
Roberto S. Goizueta is the Margaret O’Brien Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology at Boston College. Dr. Goizueta is a former President of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Marquette University. Dr. Goizueta has received honorary degrees from the University of San Francisco and Elms College. The National Catholic Reporter has named him one of the ten most influential Hispanic-American educators, pastors, and theologians.
Young Professional - New York, NY
Roberto Goizueta Jr.
Roberto received his BS and MS in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University, where he conducted research into how virtual reality changes the way humans think and interact. After graduation, he worked on building the next generation of ultra-affordable PCs for developing regions as a software engineer at Endless Computers. He currently leads the Open Source Department at Andela, a venture-backed startup that is building the next generation of tech leaders in Africa.
Young Professional - Miami, FL
Felice Gorordo
L. Felice Gorordo is a serial entrepreneur, advisor and operator. Currently, Felice is CEO of eMerge Americas, LLC, which serves as a catalyst for transforming Miami into the tech hub of the Americas and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship throughout South Florida and Latin America. In 2018, eMerge’s annual conference brought together more than 15,000 attendees from over 400 participating companies and 40 countries.

Previously, Felice was President & CEO of Clearpath, Inc., (acquired by L1BRE, LLC), a venture-backed tech company focused on revolutionizing the confusing, costly and paper-based immigration filing process – just as TurboTax transformed tax filing. Following the acquisition of Clearpath, Felice served as CEO of L1BRE, a tech company that aims to transform urban mobility in Latin America and powers the largest taxi fleet in the world, with more than 138,000 cabs in circulation and 2.2 million daily riders in Mexico City.

Prior to that, Felice was appointed by President Obama as one of fifteen 2011-2012 White House Fellows and served in the White House Office of Public Engagement & Intergovernmental Affairs.

Felice also co-founded and leads Roots of Hope, Inc., a non-profit focused on youth empowerment in Cuba through technology, entrepreneurship and travel. In 2009, he was an adviser to Grammy winner Juanes and helped organize the historic "Peace without Borders" concert in Cuba, with 1.2 million in attendance.

In President Bush's Administration, Felice served in various positions at the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State, and Homeland Security, including as trade specialist managing a cross-sector portfolio valued at $1.5 billion in export content.

PODER Magazine has named Felice one of the "100 Poderosos" Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Senior Fellow at the Georgetown University Beeck Center on Social Impact and Innovation, and Advisor to the Biden Cancer Initiative.
Young Professional - New York, NY
Stephanie Grayson
Stephanie Grayson is an investment associate at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company (KKR), where she is a member of the Real Estate team. Previously, Stephanie worked at Goldman Sachs in the Alternative Investment and Manager Selection group, where she focused on real estate private equity investing. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Stephanie worked in commercial real estate financing and Latin American debt capital markets at JP Morgan. Before joining JP Morgan, Stephanie spent time at Brunswick Group consulting for a variety of clients, including a number of large Latin American financial institutions. Stephanie graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Government and Economics. During her time at Harvard, Stephanie served as President of the Harvard Cuban-American Undergraduate Student Association (CAUSA) and volunteered with Raíces de Esperanza, a national non-profit dedicated to empowering Cuban youth. Stephanie is a first-generation Cuban American from New York City. Stephanie is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Portuguese.
Board Member - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
David Hernandez
David Hernandez is Chairman and CEO of Liberty Power—the only minority owned retailer of electricity with a national presence. In 2001, in the midst of a national economic downturn, Mr. Hernandez teamed with other professionals from the energy, telecommunications and financial services sectors and created Liberty Power. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power supplies power to businesses and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Social Security Administration. Some of their business customers include New York Life, JCPenney, Linens ‘n Things, Circuit City, Eckerd Drugs, and Lowe’s. In less than four years, Liberty Power has gone from grossing less than $1 million in their first year to more than $100 million in 2005. A native of Cuba, Mr. Hernandez graduated Magna Cum Laude from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Palm Beach, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and later earned an MBA from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He currently serves on their Alumni Council and in 2004 was awarded NYU’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005, by Hispanic Business Magazine, and was awarded the 2004 Hispanic magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2006, he was also chosen as one of the Top 100 Most Important Hispanics in Technology & Business by Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Magazine. He has also been featured in both print and television articles, such as NBC’s Hispanic Today.
Member - Boston, MA
John Hickey
John Hickey is Vice Chair of Friends of Caritas Cubana. He previously served as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of IBM, where he had a 30-year career. He is a 1965 graduate of Wesleyan University, a 1968 graduate of Columbia law school, and a 2002 graduate of Harvard Divinity School. John Hickey is an ordained Minister in the Unitarian Church.
Young Professional - New York, NY
Myrel Iturrey
Myrel is a Senior Associate at Insight Partners, where she focuses on investments in both high-growth and mature technology companies. Prior to joining Insight, she was an Investment Banking analyst at Morgan Stanley, where she advised on numerous M&A transactions, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs, and debt and equity offerings within the Global Services sector. Myrel graduated Magna cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 2015 with a B.A. in Government.

Myrel is actively involved in various non-profit initiatives related to the promotion of gender diversity in the workplace. Most notably, she is a founding member and Vice President of Synergist, a network that aims to empower women in the first decade of their investing careers. She remains closely tied to her alma mater by serving as the Programming Chair for the New York City chapter of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN). Her role includes helping NY-area alumni make meaningful connections with each other and further their interests in technology and entrepreneurship by coordinating various lectures, panels, and social events.

In her spare time, Myrel enjoys running along the West Side Highway and browsing New York City restaurant blogs for her next reservation. She is a member of the Architectural League of New York and is especially interested in airport and transit architecture.
Board Member - Miami, FL
Victor L. Maruri
Victor is Managing Partner and co-founder of HCP Management Company, a private equity firm investing in U.S. based middle market companies focusing on healthcare, education and consumer products. As investor and advisor, Victor serves and has served on numerous boards including Michigan Institute of Aviation Technology, Polaris Hospital Corporation, NYX Cosmetics, Chicago Children’s Hospital, Trumpet Behavioral Health and others.

Prior to co-founding HCP, Victor had a 25-year career as an investment banker based in London and New York. During that period, he served as Managing Director of JP Morgan, Credit Suisse First Boston and Banque Paribas.

Mr. Maruri earned a BS in economics from the University of Miami and pursued graduate studies in business administration at New York University.
Board Member - Darien, CT
John McIntire
John is an early stage investor focusing primarily on technology opportunities in the U.S. and Latin America. He led the early financing and is a director (chairman 2010-15) of Open Education, the parent company of Open English and Next_U, two of the leading online learning platforms in the Americas. John is an investor in and lead director of itopia, which is Google Cloud’s partner in the enterprise virtual desktop space. He co-founded the software outsourcing company CodeLabs, which is working with programmers in Latin America.

John is an advisory director of the language service provider ProTranslating, the casual dining group Sushi Maki and the ed tech investment company Exceed Capital Partners.

He is a Senior Advisor to Endeavor Global, the leading non-profit organization promoting entrepreneurship in the developing world, and has been actively involved in entrepreneur mentoring and selection with that organization for the last 15 years. John is also a member of the Council of the Americas and the Council on Foreign Relations.

John has been dedicated to various non-profit and policy initiatives related to his native Cuba since 2004. He is the chairman of the Cuba Emprende Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization which supports the largest entrepreneur training program and the only incubator/accelerator programs on the island. He was one of the Cuban Americans invited to the White House to meet with President Obama ahead of his trip to the island in March of 2016.

John had a 25 year career as an international investment banker in New York and London. He retired in 2004 as a partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co, where he spent 12 years focused on Latin America, including being Goldman’s CEO for that region. He graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Economics.
Young Professional - Washington DC
Kezia McKeague
Ms. McKeague is a Director and member of McLarty Associates’ Latin America practice. Previously, she served as Director of Government Relations at Council of the Americas, and as a Legislative Assistant for the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Ms. McKeague was also a consultant for Freedom House, and an electoral observer for the Organization of American States. She was a Nancy S. Reynolds Scholar at Wake Forest University, with a BA with honors (cum laude) in Political Science and Spanish. She has an MA in International studies from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
Board Member - New York, NY
Eduardo G. Mestre
Eduardo Mestre is Chairman of Global Advisory at Evercore Partners and one of the firm’s two most senior investment bankers. Mr. Mestre was Vice Chairman with responsibility for the management of the firm’s U.S. advisory practice from 2004-2011, and prior to joining Evercore in November 2004, was Vice Chairman of Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. and Chairman of its Investment Banking Division. Mr. Mestre was head of investment banking at Salomon Smith Barney and its predecessor firms from 1995-2001 and co-head of Salomon Brothers’ mergers and acquisitions department from 1989-1995..

Since joining Evercore, Mr. Mestre has represented, among others, Ally Financial in its pending restructuring of its mortgage business and in the pending sale of its international operations to Royal Bank of Canada and GM Financial; Clearwire in its pending sale to Sprint; International Paper in its acquisition of Temple Inland and the subsequent sale of certain assets; McGraw-Hill in its pending sale of its education division to Apollo; Lubrizol in its sale to Berkshire Hathaway; Century Link in its acquisition of Qwest; Frontier in its acquisition of Verizon’s rural access lines; ACS in its sale to Xerox; MGM Mirage in its financial restructuring; SBC in its acquisition of AT&T; AT&T in its acquisition of BellSouth; CSX in its proxy contest with activist investors; Cendant in its reorganization and in the sale of its Travelport subsidiary to Blackstone; Realogy in its sale to Apollo; Sequa in its sale to Carlyle; Performance Food Group in its sale to Blackstone and Wellspring; and GM in its sale of GMAC to Cerberus.

Over the years Mr. Mestre has represented many clients in communications, media, defense, aerospace and technology, including Amgen in its acquisition of Immunex; AOL in its merger with Time Warner; Citigroup in its acquisition of Banamex; News Corporation in its acquisition of Hughes; SBC in its acquisitions of AT&T and Ameritech; and Northrop in its mergers with Grumman, Litton and TRW.

Mr. Mestre serves as a member of the Board of the International Rescue Committee. He is past Chairman of the Board of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, one of the nation’s leading cancer, genetics and neuroscience research and educational institutions, and past Chairman of WNYC, New York’s public radio stations. He is also a past trustee of The Taft School. Mr. Mestre currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Avis Budget Group, Inc. and Comcast Corporation. Born in Havana, Mr. Mestre is a 1970 summa cum laude graduate of Yale and a 1973 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.
Young Professional - Miami, FL
Monica Mora
Monica is currently the Director of Special Projects at eMerge Americas, which serves as a catalyst for transforming Miami into the tech hub of the Americas and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship throughout South Florida and Latin America. In 2018, eMerge’s annual conference brought together more than 15,000 attendees from over 400 participating companies and 40 countries. Monica leads the year-round startup programming at eMerge Americas and hosts startup competitions around Latin America and the Southeast US.

Monica holds a bachelor’s degree from Babson College in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, with concentrations in Human Rights and Global and Regional Studies. She remains a part of her alma mater by serving as an Interview Ambassador for potential students throughout the year. Since 2008, Monica has been a part of Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Children’s Cancer Fund and continues to be an advocate for patients and families undergoing treatment. In her spare time, Monica enjoys traveling and collecting contemporary art.
Board Member - Miami, FL
Juan T. O'Naghten
Mr. O’Naghten is an attorney in South Florida with the firm of Diaz & O'Naghten. He was a founding shareholder and member of the board of directors and executive committee of and is general counsel to Miami Air International, Inc., DSL Internet Corporation and American Realty Capital, LLC. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors and is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. He is also Vice President of the Cuban Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and has participated in many humanitarian drives to help the underprivileged in Miami, Cuba and Central America.
Young Professional - Miami, FL
Andrew Otazo
Andrew Otazo is the former executive director of the Cuba Study Group. He previously worked as a Harvard Business School casewriter and assistant to former Mexican President Felipe Calderón. He also interned at the U.S. State Department’s Office of Andean Affairs. Andrew attended West Point for two years before graduating from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree.
Andrew has published over 30 pieces, including business case studies, scholarly articles, white papers, op-eds, and press releases.
Board Member - Geneva, CH
John Ryan
John Ryan is the President of CISA Trust, one of the oldest and most renowned Swiss private trust companies. He attended Milfield School (1976), obtained a BA from Indiana University (1981), JD from Pepperdine University (1984), and an LLM from Georgetown University (1989). He is an attorney at law admitted in New York and Florida.
Chairman - Miami, FL
Carlos A. Saladrigas
Carlos A. Saladrigas is chairman of the Cuba Study Group, a board member of Cuba Emprende Foundation, and Chairman of Regis HR Group, a professional employer organization offering a full suite of outsourced human resources services to small and mid-sized businesses. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of Duke Energy. Previously, Saladrigas served as a director of Advance Auto Parts and a member of PepsiCo’s Hispanic Advisory Board. He was a co-founder and CEO of the Vincam Group which, in 1998, was listed as the largest Hispanic-owned company in the United States, and was acquired by ADP in 2000. Saladrigas holds an MBA with honors from Harvard University and a BBA, cum laude, from the University of Miami. Saladrigas was a CPA in Florida. Active in community affairs, he is a former vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami, a director of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Miami, and a trustee at Belen Jesuit School. He is a former trustee at the Rhode Island School of Design and Spring Hill College. Currently, he is an Advisor to the Cuban Studies Program at Harvard University and a member of the Inter-American Dialogue.
Young Professional - New York, NY
Adam San Miguel
Adam is an international business and civic leader with over a decade of experience in the technology sector. Adam currently works for Microsoft as a Global Engagement Manager in the Technology for Social Impact (TSI) division, where he leads TSI initiatives across multiple geographies, including the Northeastern United States as well as Latin America. Prior to joining Microsoft, Adam worked for Dell Technologies, where he oversaw the Dell EMC New Jersey Public Sector practice and also served as the Dell Technologies Charity Ambassador to Cuba. Prior to Dell, Adam spent 7 years with EMC before being acquired by Dell, and worked in various sales capacities, including Inside, Channel and Enterprise sales.

As civic leader in the community, Adam is founder and executive director of the Cuban American Alliance for Leadership Education (CAALE), a non-profit organization supporting education through merit-based college scholarships and leadership development programs. Additionally, Adam is a member of the Cuba Study Group, a Miami based non-profit organization aimed at promoting civil society development in Cuba. Also on the international stage, Adam is a member of the Cuba Emprende Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that supports the Catholic Church of Cuba's Proyecto Cuba Emprende in offering entrepreneurial training and business advisory services to Cuban entrepreneurs Adam is also on the Lideres Board of Latino Justice, a New York-based national civil rights organization, as well as the Steering Committee of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, an international business organization committed to economic and social development throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Adam holds a B.A. in finance from Monmouth University, where he also holds the school record for most receptions in a single season as well as career (Football). Most recently, Adam earned an MBA from Fordham University, where he performed micro-consulting in the technology and digital branding industries in Argentina.
Board Member - Miami, FL
Enrique Sosa
Mr. Sosa was named executive vice president of Amoco Corporation in 1995 and headed Amoco’s chemicals sector, overseeing worldwide chemical and marketing operations. In 1999, he was named president of BP Amoco Chemicals when the two companies merged. Prior to joining Amoco, he was senior vice president of The Dow Chemical Company and president of Dow North America and a member of Dow board of directors and executive committee. He is a member of the board of directors of FMC Corporation and a member of the board of directors of DSM of The Netherlands.
Young Professional - Miami, FL
Loly Sosa
Loly Sosa is an Associate at Hogan Lovells LLP. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 2015. Previously, Loly served as a judicial intern to the Honorable J. Paul Oetken in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She also worked for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and as the Technical Editor of Harvard Law School’s Journal on Internet and Technology.
Loly is also a prolific legal writer whose written several scholarly articles and a book chapter on subjects including international arbitration, litigation, and the automation of law.
Young Professional - New York, NY
Alana Tummino
Alana Tummino is senior director of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and a senior editor of Americas Quarterly magazine. Among her roles, she heads the AS/COA Cuba Working Group and is executive director of the organization’s Young Professionals of the Americas network. With over a decade of experience working with Latin America, Tummino collaborates with public- and private-sector leaders, NGO’s, foundations, and academics throughout the Western Hemisphere on a range of business and policy issues. She leads work on Cuba’s changing economic and political landscape and relations with the United States, and helps businesses navigate investment opportunities and the changing regulatory framework. Tummino also focuses on issues of social inclusion, entrepreneurship, and women. She has published policy and opinion pieces in numerous outlets, and has appeared as an expert on CNN, CNN en Español, NPR, BBC, and PBS, among others. Tummino has been quoted as an expert in publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Agencia EFE, Politico, NBC News, The Miami Herald, and Foreign Policy. Prior to joining AS/COA, Tummino worked with various international development organizations on microfinance and women’s economic empowerment. She was a foreign language and area studies fellow for Portuguese and Latin America from the U.S. Education and State departments, and the Financial Women’s Association graduate scholar for microfinance. She received an MA in economic and political development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and received her BA in political science and Spanish from the George Washington University.
Young Professional - Washington DC
Jordan Valdés
Jordan Valdés is a senior director in APCO Worldwide’s Global Solutions practice and part of the headquarters leadership team. Based in the firm’s Washington office, Ms. Valdés is an international public affairs expert and assists clients on a wide range of issues from international crises to campaigns changing public perceptions.

Ms. Valdés guides a team of global public affairs strategists who have a blended approach to external affairs, focusing on the integration of seamless government affairs strategies with effective communications and media savvy. Ms. Valdés has advised corporates, sovereign governments, trade associations and individuals on their engagements with Congress and the Executive Branch, media, and the think tank communities. Ms. Valdés’s work has resulted in top-tier media placements for her clients, meaningful and lasting partnerships with government agencies, and an advocacy footprint in Congress that have ultimately improved her client’s relationships and reputations.

Prior to joining APCO, Ms. Valdés served as senior vice president for the Podesta Group, where she developed international government relations and strategic communications campaigns. A political appointee in the Obama Administration, Ms. Valdés served as a senior advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade before joining the Podesta Group. During her time with the administration, she represented the SBA at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and developed key messaging and communications for the agency. Ms. Valdés started her career in journalism in the Middle East. She has advised political campaigns from the local to the presidential levels on their foreign affairs and communications strategies.

Ms. Valdés is a graduate of the University of Miami and holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. A first-generation Cuban American, she has been named a 40 Under 40 Latinos in American politics. Ms. Valdés is fluent in Spanish and French and trained in Arabic and Italian.
Young Professional - Washington DC
Charles von Althann
Charles is a principal in the financial services advisory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Charles provides management consulting and risk consulting services to large financial institutions, with an emphasis on financial and capital planning, customer profitability analysis, capital adequacy and allocation, and risk analysis. Prior to joining PwC, Charles worked at the Federal Reserve Board, where he helped to analyze systemic risk and capital adequacy at large bank holding companies. Charles is a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown Law.
Young Professional - New York, NY
Robert von Althann
Robert is a graduate student at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Previously, he served as the Head of Marketing for M81 Capital LLC, the investment advisor to the M81 Merger Arbitrage Fund LP.