Board of Directors
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 representatives, youth, and young professionals. Board members are elected by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting during the Annual Conference.
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.
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.
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Current Board of Directors
The Honorable Ron Nirenberg
San Antonio, Texas
Mayor Ron Nirenberg was elected Mayor of San Antonio in June 2017. Prior to his election, he served San Antonio’s District 8 City Council from 2013 to 2017. During his tenure, Councilman Nirenberg has focused on solutions to San Antonio’s deepest challenges, including improving transportation infrastructure, ensuring the city’s sustainability through environmental and economic initiatives, embracing new technology, closing the workforce skills gap and creating jobs.
As comprehensive planning committee chairman, he played an instrumental role in guiding the development of the SA Tomorrow plan, a citizen-driven blueprint for the city’s future that will help city leaders prepare for significant population growth. It will improve the quality of life for residents by focusing on a range of solutions that include equitable housing policies, transportation reform, health and wellness initiatives, natural resource management and economic development proposals. He is also the chairman of several critical committees that work to build a resilient city on the national and local levels.
Experienced in business and policy, Councilman Nirenberg is a former program director for the Annenberg Public Policy Center, where he developed and directed award-winning civic engagement programs in cities across the United States, including San Antonio. He is also the former General Manager of Trinity University’s KRTU-FM and the founder of two small businesses. A graduate of Trinity University (B.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania (M.A.), Councilman Nirenberg and his wife Erika Prosper, a respected business and community leader, are proud parents of their son, Jonah.
Carol Robertson Lopez (2022)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Presley (Lee) Guio (2020)
Union City, California
Clare Petrich (2020)
|Board Member Name||Title||City|
|Stephen “Tim” Quigley||Chair Emeritus (Ex-officio)||San Jose, California|
|Ed Adams (2020)||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Suhail Arastu (2021)||San Antonio, Texas|
|Mary Blankership Pointer (2020)||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Sheri Capehart (2020)||Arlington, Texas|
|Alix Desulme (2021)||North Miami, Florida|
|James Donovan (2022)||Irvine, California|
|Cindy Elliott (2022)||Hays, Kansas|
|Greg Jackson (2022)||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Lorna K. Johnson (2022)||East Orange, New Jersey|
|A.M. Kinney III||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Shin Koyamada (2021)||Los Angeles, California|
|Roger Lawrence (2021)||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Kevin O’Donnell (2022)||San Francisco, California|
|Raul Peralez (2022)||San Jose, California|
|Barbara Shepard (2020)||Mars Hill, North Carolina|
|Helene Schneider (2021)||Santa Barbara, California|
|Teri Simmons (2020)||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Peter Svarzbein (2020)||El Paso, Texas|
|Burga Santiago (2022)||Gilroy, California|
|Christine Warnke (2020)||Washington, DC|
|Polly Yu (2021)||San Antonio, Texas|
(x) – year term expires
Stephen “Tim” Quigley | San Jose, California
Bill Boerum | Sonoma, California
Thomas A. Lisk | Richmond, Virginia
Brad Cole | Carbondale, Illinois
Michael Hyatt | Fort Worth, Texas
Mae Ferguson | Fort Worth, Texas
Sherman Banks | Little Rock, Arkansas
Glenn Gray | Juneau, Alaska
Nancy Huppert | Rochester, New York
Charles Stokke | Menomonie, Wisconsin
James Amato | Lexington, Kentucky
Richard Neuheisel | Tempe, Arizona
Rodger Randle | Tulsa, Oklahoma
Questions? Please contact the office at 202.347.8630 or [email protected].