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Tomas Bilbao

Cuba Study Group
Executive Director
Tomas Bilbao is Executive Director of the Cuba Study Group. Prior to joining the CSG, Mr. Bilbao served as Director of Transition for Senator-elect Mel Martinez and Director of Operations for Mel Martinez for U.S. Senate. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Bilbao served in the Administration of George W. Bush as Deputy Director of Operations at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as Personal Aide to Secretary Mel Martinez. As Executive Director of the Cuba Study Group, Mr. Bilbao is responsible for all the Group's projects and activities, including developing policy recommendations and educating Members of Congress and the Administration on more effective policies toward Cuba. Mr. Bilbao has authored several papers and articles that have been published in national and international publications such as the Washington Times, Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and Buenos Aires Herald and has appeared as a guest on various programs including: CNN, CNN Español, Univision, BBC, Al Jazeera and Voice of America. He holds a B.A. in International Studies from American University in Washington, DC and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Bilbao resides in Washington, DC.