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HISTORY OF SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL
In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower launched the “People-to-People Initiative”. He believed that diplomacy on a person-to-person level was an important resource for successful negotiations between governments. Recognizing the importance of involving all citizens in world diplomacy, he called upon the nation’s cities as the centers of opportunity, expression and economic growth, to unite with communities around the world in building a solid structure of world peace. At the core of all sister cities relationships is an agreement, signed by the Mayors of each city, reflecting their mutual commitment to building bridges between governments, businesses and individuals. Today, through formal Sister Cities affiliations, 2,400 Sister Cities relationships are bringing citizens together to cooperate and share ideas, activities and solutions on a range of topics, including the environment, education, culture, medicine, and technology.  
HISTORY OF CSCI
In 1960, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley signed the first Sister Cities’ agreement with Warsaw, Poland. In the ’70s and ‘80s, Chicago signed with seven additional Sister Cities. In 1990, former Mayor Richard M. Daley enacted an executive order to establish a volunteer Board of Directors, promoting over 20 years of increased community engagement and a rapid growth in Sister Cities’ relationships. Since then, Chicago has established official relationships with a total of 28 cities in almost every region of the world.

The past decade has seen a re-focus on economic development and a dramatic increase in activity beginning with the Annual Sister Cities International Conference held in Chicago in 1991. Chicago Sister Cities International has become the most active Sister Cities organization in the world. Operating under the guidelines established by Sister Cities International, located in Alexandria, Virginia, the program has greatly impacted Chicago’s international activity and its status as an international city.   
MISSION
Chicago Sister Cities International is committed to promoting Chicago as a global city, developing international partnerships and networks, and sharing best practices on a city-to-city basis.
GOALS
To develop & expand community, education and business partnerships between Chicago and its sister cities.
To create opportunities for citizens and city officials to experience and explore other cultures through long-term partnerships.
To stimulate environments through which communities will creatively learn, work and solve problems together through reciprocal cultural, educational, municipal, business, and technical exchanges and projects.
To collaborate with organizations within the United States and other countries with similar goals.
BECOMING A SISTER CITY
To be official, a Sister Cities relationship must have the endorsement of local authorities that support the efforts of community volunteers. The respective Mayors then sign Sister Cities agreements. This process opens global initiatives for participation by all people at local levels – citizens, local governments, businesses, media, private voluntary organizations, and educational institutions.  
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • Rolf Achilles
  • Robert Acquaye
  • Brett August
  • Stanley Balzekas
  • Nicholas Black
  • Tariq Butt
  • Raymond Chin
  • Geda Maso Condit
  • Edward Dellin
  • Marilyn Diamond
  • Aleksandra Efimova
  • Vera Eliashevsky
  • William Gainer
  • Camille Julmy
  • Demetrios Kozonis
  • Robert Langlois
  • Billy Lawless Sr.
  • Susan Leonis
  • Johann Christoph Lichtenfeld
  • Linda Loving
  • James Lowry
  • Thaddeus Makarewicz
  • Tariq Malhance
  • Janet Murphy
  • Yoko Noge-Dean
  • Joerg Oberschmied
  • Lynn Osmond
  • Nam Hung Paik
  • Stephen Quazzo
  • Niranjan Shah
  • Smita Shah
  • Patrick Shannon
  • Daniel Shure
  • Alejandro Silva
  • William Spence
  • Agneta Rosenberg
  • Candice Rosen
  • Rupert Ward
  • Paula Waters
 
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
STAFF
LEROY ALLALA:
Executive Director
Email
Telephone: 312.201.4525
IEVA DILYTE:
International Program Manager
Email
Telephone: 312.201.4533
MARIA LUISA RODRIGUEZ:
Director of Finance and Administration
Email
Telephone: 312.201.4528
ADRIENNE TONGATE:
Senior Manager of International Programs
Email
Telephone: 312.201.4530
ANEL MONTES:
Senior Manager of International Programs
Email
Telephone: 312.201.4534
OFFICE ADDRESS:
177 North State Street, Suite 500
Chicago, Illinois 60601