CoChairs of the Cuba Nobel Prize Committee

Alicia Jrapko

Alicia is currently one of the co-chairs of the National Network on Cuba. She is part of the Secretariat of the Network in Defense of Humanity and the US coordinator of the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity and co-editor of Resumen Latinoamericano.

Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She is the author of ten books and her articles appear in outlets such as The Washington Post and The Guardian.

Other members of the Organizing Committee

Angélica Salazar is a community organizer, popular educator, and cross-cultural communicator. Since 2015, she has been hosting transformational educational exchanges between the people of Cuba and the United States.

Bill Hackwell is a photojournalist and co-editor of Resumen Latinoamericano in English.

Catherine Murphy is a U.S. filmmaker, activist and educator, best known for her award-winning documentary film MAESTRA about Cuba’s 1961 Literacy Campaign.

James Counts Early, a cultural historian, is on the board of the Institute for Policy Studies and the board of the Regional Articulation of Afro-Descendants Latin America and the Caribbean.

Leonardo Flores is a writer and senior analyst on Latin America with the peace group CODEPINK.

Michelle Ellner is a videographer and Latin America specialist with CODEPINK.

Patricio Zamorano is co-director at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs ( He is an academic, political scientist, journalist, community organizer, and television and radio commentator on United States foreign and domestic policy.

Teri Mattson is an expert on economic sanctions, a founder of The Campaign to End US and Canada Sanctions against Venezuela and a coordinator of CODEPINK’s Latin America team.