Pennsylvania State Council
David Argall, Policy Committee Chair, Pennsylvania Senate
Jim Cawley, Former Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Deno DeCiantis, Former Director, The Pennsylvania State University Center Pittsburgh
Pam DeLissio, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
James Diamond, Former Dean, Delaware Valley University
Mike Diven, Former Representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Jennifer Eckinger, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Winery Association
Jim Ferlo, Former State Senator; President, Pittsburgh-Cuba Partnership
Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive, Allegheny County
Kurt Fuchs, Government Affairs Officer, MidAtlantic Farm Credit
Vince Gasteb, VP of Government Affairs, Allegheny County Airport Authority
Jack Gombach, Manager of Public Policy Outreach, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors
Chris Heck, President, Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce
Jay Howes, Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture, Pennsylvania Association of Dairy Cooperatives
Robert Hurley, Director, Allegheny County Department of Economic Development
Dave McElhaney, Board Member, National Institute for Animal Agriculture
Mathew Meals, AgChoice Farm Credit
Tom Mehaffie, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
John Nichols, Professor Emeritus of International Affairs, The Pennsylvania State University
Donna Oberlander, GOP Caucus Secretary, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
Guy Reschenthaler, Pennsylvania Senate
Mike Pries, County Commissioner, Dauphin County
Greg Rothman, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Joe Scarnati, President Pro Tempore, Pennsylvania Senate
Lisa Valenti, Pittsburgh-Cuba Partnership
Elder Vogel, Pennsylvania Senate
Judy Wojanis, Former CEO, Wojanis Hydraulics
Dennis Wolff, Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture
Pennsylvania & Cuba
Press Release: Pennsylvania Leaders Launch Engage Cuba State Council
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Western Pennsylvania leaders explore potential in Cuba
In the streets of Havana, alongside exquisite architecture, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald saw ways Pittsburgh could help. Crumbling buildings, peeling paint and sagging infrastructure showed decades of neglect.
In the past six months, it's become easier for Americans to travel to Cuba, as the Obama administration eased restrictions. Now, Pennsylvania sees an opening as well. In the 1970's, it was known as ping pong diplomacy with China. Teams would play matches in both the U.S. and China, and the effort is credited with helping thaw relations.
Politics PA: Doyle to visit Cuba
Congressman Mike Doyle, of PA’s 14th District, has announced that he will be traveling to Cuba this week to explore potential partnerships between Cuba and Southwestern Pennsylvania.
The Patriot-News: Pa. Farmers Need a Fair Shake in Cuba
Long before the U.S. and Cuba restored diplomatic ties in 2015, there was Pennsylvania. For decades, Pennsylvania and Cuba had cultivated a robust connection built on trade and cultural exchange.
The Engage Cuba Coalition, an advocacy group working to open trade and travel between the U.S. and Cuba, says the longtime embargo on Cuba is hurting Pennsylvania farmers and businesses.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Businesses Join Effort to Loosen Cuba trade Restrictions
State organizations represent an important part of the strategy, and Pennsylvania is now the 18th state council of Engage Cuba.
The Morning Call: PA farmers stand to gain as U.S. expands trade with Cuba
According to news reports after the 2004 trade trip, Pennsylvania was the first Northeastern state to sign an agricultural trade agreement with Cuba since the trade embargo was enacted 50 years ago. Now, with United States policy towards Cuba in a state of change, Pennsylvania farmers could see more exports to the island nation.
On May 10, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced his cosponsorship of the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, supporting unrestricted travel from the United States to Cuba.