Sister Cities International leaders are dedicated individuals and organizations committed to realizing President Eisenhower’s vision in the new millennium.
There are many ways to become a leader and help set the course for advancing the citizen diplomacy movement forward. Seeking election to the Board of Directors as a local leader, supporting our mission as a corporate partner, organizing local chapters as a State Coordinator, or speaking on behalf of Sister Cities International as a Global Envoy—these are just a few of the ways to promote the importance of citizen diplomacy in the 21st century.
Sister Cities International is governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, overseen by the Chairman. 21 members are drawn from the membership and the greater diplomatic and business community, with three additional members designated to represent state coordinators, youth and young professionals. Sister Cities International Board members are elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting, which takes place at the Annual Conference each year.
Board members serve three-year terms, and state coordinator, youth, and young professional representatives serve two-year terms. Board of Directors terms are staggered, and seven board seats are up for election each year. Board members are elected by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting during the Annual Conference in July.
The Board elects the secretary and treasurer of the Board, who each serve one-year terms and the vice-chair, who serves a two-year term.
The Honorary Board is comprised of key individuals who have shown great leadership to Sister Cities International through the years. They are long-standing volunteers from the membership, former members of the Board of Directors or former State Coordinators who, because of their outstanding support and involvement in the organization were voted as Honorary Board members. As a self-governing body, the Honorary Board stands ready to assist Sister Cities International members with a wealth of institutional knowledge and experience.
Sister Cities International and its members receive support from a dedicated group of volunteers known as the State Representatives. They serve as a resource at the local level to provide professional assistance, to help member communities in their state, and assist communities wishing to establish or deepen a sister city relationship. State Representatives must have expertise and knowledge in, and the ability to articulate, Sister Cities International’s mission – to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time.
Our goal is to have a least one State Representative assisting in every state. If you are interested in becoming a State Representative, click here to view vacant opportunities.
Global Envoys are highly distinguished volunteer leaders of Sister Cities International who represent the organization. There is no higher honor in the Sister Cities International network. The role of a Global Envoy is to represent Sister Cities International at events around the world and to serve as a diplomat and spokesperson for the organization.