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Sister Cities Commission

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The City of Charlottesville is an active member of Sister Cities International, a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities. This network strives to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development. Appointed by Council, the Charlottesville Sister City Commission is an organizing body devoted to assisting the individual Sister City relationships with community activities and promotion.

The Commission is composed of representatives from the following areas: 

  • 1 from business community
  • 1 from higher educational institution
  • 1 citizen representing each sister city (4)
  • 5 citizens at large
  • 1 from K-12 educational institution 
  • 1 youth representative
  • 1 youth cultural exchange (coordinator)

The charge of the Commission is as follows:  Plan and coordinate Sister City activities; seek private funding for activities and operations; promote Sister Cities to the community; establish guidelines for future Sister Cities; establish subcommittee for each Sister City; advise and oversee staffing; and evaluate need for non-profit entity.


Sister City Commissioners

Terri DiCintio
Poggio a Caiano representative

Emily Martin 
Besançon representative
Justin Reid
Winneba representative
Daman Irby 
Higher Education Representative
Tami Keavney
Business representative
Neeley Minton
K-12 representative
Joan Clarke
Patrick Cory
James Potter
Dave Norris
Amanda Folsom
Kate Kogge
Andrew Pollard
Youth representative

Staff liaison: Kyna Thomas, Clerk of Council


Third Thursday, monthly
City Hall 2nd Floor Conference Room


The Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission is always looking for citizens to participate as Council-appointed commissioners and project volunteers as well as applicants for its annual grants (see above). Residents of the City of Charlottesville can apply to fill the non-paying commissioner positions as they become available; City Council makes appointments based on those applications.  CLICK HERE to find out more!

To contact the Sister Cities Commission please email


Visit Charlottesville's Sister Cities

For more information on the Charlottesville Sister Cities Program, please visit our website.