Californians Building Bridges (CBB) is a 501 c (3) organization that supports people-to-people cultural, humanitarian and entrepreneurial exchange between the people of Cuba and California. CBB's leadership first began building bridges between California and Cuba in 2002. Since CBB's establishment in 2010, they have led more than 40 delegation vista to Cuba that offer a unique blend of experience and insight into Cuban policy, culture, art and the emerging private sector.
Currently, CBB sponsors an average of ten annual "people-to-people" educational exchanges to Cuba and one or more visits by Cuban artists, musicians and entrepreneurs to the United States.
The goals of each trip are to establish and develop meaningful connections between U.S. policymakers, cultural representatives and business leaders from an array of private industries and backgrounds. Additionally, the programs explore options for collaboration on matters of mutual benefit of the United States and Cuba, particularly in the new era of U.S.-Cuban relations.
CBB and its leadership have a unique understanding of the country and a broad base of relationships extending from the arts and culture to the expanding private business sector, communities of faith and government-run industries, particularly in agriculture. Partnering with CBB to travel to Cuba ensures a full-time program of activities and meaningful interactions with Cuban people which reflect the goals set forth by President Obama to connect the Cuban people with the United States and the rest of the world. CBB has a proved track record of leading people-to-people exchanges and business delegations with California's most successful and influential business and policy leaders, increasing awareness and their commitment to the Cuban people. CBB provides a unique opportunity for CA business leaders to gain an understanding of the current social and economic opportunities and to engage directly with the Cuban people.