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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sister Cities International is governed by a 24-member Board of Directors.  Twenty-one members who represent the general voting members of SCI are elected by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting; One Director position is filled by the Chair of the Board; One Director position is filled by a qualified State Representative, nominated by the Chair and approved by the Board of Directors; and one Director position is filled by a Young Professional Representative, between the ages of 21 and 34, that is elected by the membership.

Board members serve three-year terms.  The Chair of the Board, Young Professional Representative and State Representative each serve two-year terms. Board of Directors terms are staggered.  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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PETER SVARZBEIN

CHAIR

El Paso, Texas

(2024)

CARLO CAPUA

VICE CHAIR​

Fort Worth, TX

(2026)

LEE GUIO

TREASURER​

Milpitas, California

(2025)

Dr. Alix Desulme

SECRETARY​

North Miami, Florida

(2026)

Board Member NameCityTerm end year
Joe BuscainoLos Angeles, California2024
Ivan JaimeSan Antonio, Texas2024
Lisa KeyesTuscaloosa, Alabama2024
Jessey LeePlano, Texas2024
Ronda PierceDurham, North Carolina2024
Helene SchneiderSanta Barbara, California2024
Mildred VanderpuijeColumbia, South Carolina2024
Pam FoleySan Jose, California2024
Alderman Russell Stamper IIMilwaukee, Wisconsin2024
Peter SvarzbeinEl Paso, Texas2024
Carlo CapuaFort Worth Texas2025
Shomari MaynardPasadena, California2025
Greg JacksonFort Worth, Texas2025
Lee GuioMilpitas, California2025
Drew PowellRockville, Maryland2025
Christine WarnkeWashington, D.C.2025
Bill C. LittlejohnHuston, Texas2025
Meg MizutaniSebastopol, California2026
Cheryl SelbyOlympia, Washington2026
Janet R. HustonCincinnati, Ohio2026
Manny Pelaez-PradaSan Antonio, Texas2026
Harbir BhatiaSanta Clara, California2026
Jean BaileySilver Spring, Maryland2026
Fatima BengeHuston, Texas2026
Alix DesulmeNorth Miami, Florida2026

Non-voting members

NameTitleCity
Carol Robertson LopezChair Emeritus (Ex-Officio)Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ricki GarrettPresident & CEOClinton, Mississippi
Tim QuigleyPresident, Honorary Board Alumni (Ex-Officio)San Jose, California

Past Chairs

NameCity
Carol Robertson LopezSanta Fe, New Mexico
Ron NirenbergSan Antonio, Texas
Stephen "Tim" Quigley San Jose, California
Bill Boerum Sonoma, California
Thomas A. Lisk Richmond, Virginia
Brad ColeCarbondale, Illinois
Michael HyattFort Worth, Texas
Mae FergusonFort Worth, Texas
Sherman BanksLittle Rock, Arkansas
Glenn GrayJuneau, Alaska
Nancy HuppertRochester, New York
Charles StokkeMenomonie, Wisconsin
James AmatoLexington, Kentucky
Richard NeuheiselTempe, Arizona
Rodger Randle Tulsa, Oklahoma