People-to-People trips to Cuba

On December 17, 2014 President Obama announced the intention to open diplomatic relations with Cuba. In response to this announcement, the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the organization which authorizes travel to the island, published updated travel regulations. Under the new regulations, people-to-people travel is authorized under the general license (section 515.565 (b)). People-to-people programs must be led by an authorized organization, such as CBB, and involve a full-time schedule of activities that result in meaningful interaction between travelers and individuals in Cuba. If you would like to participate in an open group trip or to coordinate a private group trip, please contact or call 866-850-3720.

What We’re Doing

Californians Building Bridges
Founded: 2010

Board of Directors
Darius Anderson, President
Jim Bruner, Secretary​
Senator Kevin Murray, Treasurer
Cindy Testa McCullagh
Luanne Morikawa

Our Team

Kriste Perez

Ellen Morales

Leticia Leon Plasencia

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, CBB has sponsored more than 125 delegation visits to Cuba. These programs offer a unique blend of experience and insight into Cuban policy, culture, art and the emerging private sector.  
CBB provides a unique opportunity for California business leaders to gain an understanding of the current social and economic opportunities and to engage directly with the Cuban people. Currently, CBB sponsors dozens of annual "people-to-people" educational exchanges to Cuba and one or more exchange visits by Cuban artists, musicians and entrepreneurs to the United States. 

Benefit Events for Cuban Children & Families 

View our "Past Events" page and "Contact Us" page for information about previous and current fundraising events, as well as ongoing charitable activities we support.

For more information about making a financial contribution or donating supplies for a local non-governmental organization in Cuba, contact or call 866-850-3720.