Erin founded CubaConnect in August 2018, as a travel and translation company with a focus on the arts and entrepreneurship in Latin America. Erin was associate director at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University for nearly a decade, including managing the Cuba Studies Program from 2014 to 2018. Erin has translated many books and articles and she is co-editor of three volumes on the topic of historical memory. Her translation of a selection of over 100 poems by Juana Rosa Pita (b. 1939, Havana) is forthcoming from Song Bridge Press in summer 2021. She was production liaison and translator of the documentary film Los Cubanos de Harvard/The Harvard Cubans (2017) and has subtitled two other films. Erin first traveled to Cuba in 2002 as an International Relations student at Wellesley College. She holds a Certificate in English-Spanish Translation from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and an EdM in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
MIRIAM PSYCHAS (November 2018 & April 2019 trips)
Miriam is completing a master's degree program in international studies at University of Notre Dame. Previously, Miriam resided in Bogotá, Colombia, where she worked in education, development, and social entrepreneurship. In 2014 and 2015, she was the resident director of Harvard College’s study abroad program in Havana. In 2016 she worked at the Center for Democracy in the Americas in Washington, through which she helped organize and lead nearly a dozen cultural and political delegations to the island.
CLAUDIA CRUZ LEO (Spanish-English translation)
Claudia was born in Havana and raised in Miami, maintaining strong ties to her Cuban culture. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland, where she has been working for international organizations for the last few years.
CÉSAR PÉREZ (English-Spanish translation)
César Pérez is a Cuba native who has resided in the United States since 2002. He studied communications at the University of Havana and worked at Casa de las Américas before leaving Cuba for the Dominican Republic, where he taught journalism at the Universidad Católica Santo Domingo and wrote for El Caribe newspaper. He holds a masters degree from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in Romance Languages & Literatures from Harvard University. He has taught at Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Iowa, UMass-Boston, Hotchkiss School, and Middlesex School. He currently teaches Spanish and history at the Commonwealth School in Boston.
CubaConnect regularly collaborates with writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and other change-makers as well as translators and editors on and off the island.