Sister Cities International Welcomes New Board of Directors, Chairman, and Vice Chairman

WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2016) – Following a membership-wide election spanning the entire 560 U.S.-member city Sister Cities International network, 10 members were elected to Sister Cities International’s highly competitive 27-member Board of Directors. A new Board Chairman and Vice Chairman also assumed their positions. The elections took place during Sister Cities International’s Annual Business Meeting that occurred during its 60th Annual Conference in Washington, DC on July 15, 2016.

Tim Quigley of San Jose, California assumed his position as Board Chairman after serving two years as Vice Chair and Ron Nirenberg, City Council Member of San Antonio, Texas, was elected as Vice Chair by the Board of Directors.  

The newly elected at-large Board of Directors members are Raveen Arora of Tempe, Arizona; Magdalena Carrasco of San Jose, California; Willow Darsie of Washington, DC; Cindy Elliott of Hays, Kansas; Lee Guio of Union City, California; Lorna Johnson of East Orange, New Jersey; Carol Robertson Lopez of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Teri Simmons of Atlanta, Georgia; and Peter Svarzbein of El Paso, Texas. Quigley appointed two at-large Board members, Ruther Cotter of Sunnyvale, California and Jim Moran of Alexandria, Virginia.

Lawrence Uebner of Omaha, Nebraska was re-elected as an at-large Board member and the Board’s Treasurer. Carol Robertson Lopez was elected as Secretary. Members of the Board’s Executive Committee include Joe Bice of Arlington, Virginia; Carolina Rendeiro of Miami, Florida; and Joshua Walker of Alexandria, Virginia.

Sister Cities International congratulates the new Board Members, Board Chairman, and Board Vice Chairman, and looks forward to their leadership and vision in advancing the organization’s mission.

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About Sister Cities International

Founded as a Presidential Initiative by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for 570 member communities with relationships in 2,300 communities in 150 countries on six continents. The sister city network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers who work tirelessly to promote the organizations’ mission of creating world peace and understanding through economic development, youth and education, arts and culture, and humanitarian assistance.

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