Ohio State Council

Procter & Gamble

Ohio Farm Bureau

Ohio AgriBusiness Association

Luis Alcalde, Attorney, CUBAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY LEADER
Kegler BrowN

Ryan Augsburger
Ohio Manufacturers Association

Jane Campbell, Former Mayor
City of Cleveland

Rev. Joan Campbell, DIRECTOR OF RELIGION
CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION,
former President, World Council of Churches

Dr. James W. Campbell, Director
Geriatric Center, The MetroHealth System

Luis Cartagena, Chairman
Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development

Chris Cua, Choice international Hotels

Dr. Michael V. Drake, MD, President,
Ohio State University

José C. Feliciano, Jr.,
Board of Directors of The Hispanic Roundtable

Jim Hartung, President
Toledo Sister Cities, 
Former CEO, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

Dave Hershberger, President
Prestige Travel Leaders Inc.,
ASTA National Board Member

Todd King, President
Sky Climber LLC

Richard Konick, Charter member
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Coalition

Kirk Merritt,
Ohio Soybean Association

Danielle Milam, Vice President of Latin America
Franklin International

Brad Moffitt, Director of Market Development
Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers

August A. Napoli, Jr., Chief Advancement Officer
Cleveland Museum of Art

Ike Reynolds, CTC-President,
Owner and ASTA Mid-America Board Member

Patrick Reynolds, Vice President
Reynolds Travel,
ASTA Mid-America Treasurer

Ronald B. Richard, President & CEO
The Cleveland Foundation

Dr. Milton Sanchez-Parodi, Doctor and Cuban-American community leader

Steven D. Standley, Chief Administrative Officer,
University Hospitals

Scott Schertzer, Mayor
City of Marion

Lee Weingart, President
LNE Group


Cincinnati Business Courier: Why the Cuban thaw is good news for Cincinnati businesses

A Xavier University professor who has made two trips with students to Cuba says, in the light of President Barack Obama's visit to the island nation this week, Cincinnati companies would be smart to start making business relationships there. 

Lorain Morning Journal: Rep. Tim Ryan: Open Cuba presents opportunities for Ohio

That is why I am working with local community and business leaders and organizations such as Engage Cuba and their recently announced Ohio State Council to support an end to the Cuban trade embargo.

Fox News Latino: President Obama urges business leaders to press Congress to lift Cuba embargo

"For too long, a small minority of status quo defenders sidelined the voices of the vast majority of the American people who support a change in U.S.-Cuba policy,' said James Williams, President of Engage Cuba, in a statement.

Star Tribune: In GOP, Emmer takes the lead on Cuba

Outside Florida and other areas with large Cuban communities, Americans generally favor easing trade and travel restrictions. Last fall, a GOP pollster for the Atlantic Council found more than 60 percent of voters in Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee backed restoring relationships. 

Akron.Com: Old Trail School art teacher visits Cuba

Old Trail School's Middle School visual arts teacher Jeffrey Eason traveled to Havana in October as part of a National Art Education Association (NAEA) delegation.

Op-Ed: Crain's Cleveland Business: Ohio and Cuba, Open for Business

by James Williams

Positioned at the intersection of manufacturing, agriculture and other sectors, Ohio’s economy is a model for the rest of the United States. 

NBC-Columbus: Push in Columbus to end trade embargo with Cuba

Engage Cuba created an Ohio State Council to end the trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba. Luis Alcalde, a first-generation Cuban-American in Ohio, believes it could help businesses in Central Ohio. 

Cleveland Plain-Dealer: Abortion-rights supporters to rally at Ohio Statehouse: What to watch for Wednesday

Cuba embargo opponents meet at City Club: Engage Cuba, a coalition of businesses and organizations seeking to lift the U.S. travel and trade embargo on Cuba, will announce members of their Ohio State Council during an 11:30 a.m. event at the City Club of Cleveland. 

Kent State University WKSU: Engage Cuba Coalition Draws the Midwest into the Conversation About U.S.-Cuba Relations

James Williams is president of the Engage Cuba coalition. He’s brought together a wide-ranging group of Ohioans to join him in lobbying Congress to allow trade and travel with Cuba.

Ohio Country Journal: Engage Cuba launches a state council in Ohio

Engage Cuba, the leading coalition of private companies and organizations working to end the travel and trade embargo on Cuba, announced that prominent Ohio business and community leaders have joined together as part of its new Ohio State Council.

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio can win with Cuba ties

Ohio stands to benefit if the Ohio State Council of Engage Cuba, a Washington D.C.-based business group seeking to end the 56-year-old U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba, is successful. 

Ohio's Champions

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Cosponsor of S 1287 Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Cosponsor of S 1287 Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Representative Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7) Cosponsor of H.R. 525 Cuba Agricultural Exports Act

Representative Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7)

Cosponsor of H.R. 525 Cuba Agricultural Exports Act