Silvia Wilhelm, "a native of Havana, Cuba, came to the United States as an unaccompanied child in January 1961 through the Operacion Pedro Pan.
"After returning to Cuba for the first time after thirty-three years in the States, Mrs. Wilhelm became an active advocate for changing US policy towards Cuba. Mrs. Wilhelm is the founder and serves as executive director of Puentes Cubanos, an NGO once licensed to conduct educational, professional and cultural exchanges between the people of Cuba and the United States. (OFAC denied renewal of their license in 2003.)“ 
- Director, Washington Office on Latin America
- Executive Director, Cuban Committee for Democracy  (in 1998)
- ”Biography”, Accessed January 2007.