Tomas Bilbao, 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 and is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Mr. Bilbao resides in Washington, DC.
Ricardo Herrero, Deputy Executive Director
Ricardo Herrero is the Deputy Executive Director of the Cuba Study Group. Prior to joining the CSG staff, he co-founded and served as Director of Operations for Concordia Behavioral Health, a managed behavioral healthcare organization based in Miami, Florida. Previously, he was associate corporate counsel in the Manhattan office of The Beanstalk Group, LLC, the world's leading brand licensing agency and consultancy, where he specialized in intellectual property licensing and dispute resolution.
Mr. Herrero is very active in his community, having served as the Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party in 2010 and Producer of the Miami Mini Maker Faire in 2013. He has advised several state and federal electoral campaigns and political organizations in South Florida and Latin America, most recently including the 2012 Henrique Capriles Radonski presidential campaign in Venezuela.
As Deputy Executive Director of the Cuba Study Group, Mr. Herrero is responsible for membership engagement and managing the Group’s projects and activities in South Florida. He also assists the Executive Director in the development of policy recommendations and education of Members of Congress and the Administration on more effective policies toward Cuba.
Mr. Herrero's views and articles have been published in national publications such as TIME, The Miami Herald, The Huffington Post, The Hill, and The Washington Times, and he has appeared as a guest on various programs including Fox News, Arise News, and Voice of America.
Mr. Herrero has a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a B.A. in Business Administration from Florida International University. He was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and is the son of Cuban immigrants.