Peter Svarzbein | Photos courtesy City of El Paso
On Friday morning, officials with Sister Cities International announced that Mayor Pro Tempore Peter Svarzbein was elected Vice Chair of the Sister Cities International Board of Directors.
Svarzbein, who also serves as City Representative for District 1, was elected on Thursday and expressed his gratitude for the position.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve in a capacity to further represent our beautiful binational community working with Sister Cities,” Svarzbein said. “I look forward to helping push the investment of our collective mission of peace through people, alongside the other board members as we engage productive exchanges of ideas and solutions across the world.”
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. Mayor Pro Tem Svarzbein will be next in line to serve as chair after his term as vice-chair is completed.
The Cities of El Paso and Juarez hosted the 2020 Mexico/ U.S. Mayors’ Summit in February with the Mayor Pro Team serving as the event co-chair.
The summit attracted over 350 citizen diplomats, mayors, and other elected officials across the United States and Mexico to share, learn and, celebrate the unique and special relationship forged between our two countries.
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.
Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit which serves as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States.
This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in nearly 500 member communities with over 2,000 partnerships in more than 140 countries.
Sister Cities International is the largest and oldest citizen diplomacy organization in the United States.