Erin founded CubaConnect in August 2018, as a travel and translation company with a focus on the arts and entrepreneurship in Latin America. From 2011-2018, Erin was associate director at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Erin translated the best-selling political memoir Prisoner of Pinochet: My Year in a Chilean Concentration Camp (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017) by former minister Sergio Bitar, and she is co-editor with Merilee S. Grindle of Reflections on Memory and Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2016). She was production liaison and translator of the documentary film Los Cubanos de Harvard/The Harvard Cubans (2017). 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 currently resides in Bogotá, Colombia, where she works in education, development, and social entrepreneurship before entering a master's degree program in international studies at University of Notre Dame in fall 2019. 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.