Sister Cities


What is a Sister City?

A sister city is a long-term partnership between two communities in two different countries. This partnership is an approved agreement by the highest-ranking officials from each city. The Sister Cities concept was initiated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in September of 1956. The purpose of the Sister Cities program is to increase international understanding and foster world peace through city-to-city relationships.

Sister city relationships offer an opportunity to form connections between two communities where cultural exchange programs occur; research and development projects are conducted, and peace is promoted through people-to-people relationships.

To learn more about sister city partnerships, visit the SisterCities International website .

Our Sister City Mission:

To build successful relationships and international understanding among youth, adults, businesses, and organizations of Galveston Island and its Sister Cities through educational, cultural, and exchange programs.


Current Sister Cities Committee Members:

Leah Tuten

Joe Cappadona

Sherry Rooks

Pam Williams

Stephen Duncan

Robert Philpot (Advisory Committee Member)

Alex Thomas (Advisory Committee Member)

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  1. City Secretary

  2. Janelle Williams

    City Secretary

  3. Nellie De La Fuente

    Assistant City Secretary

  4. Martha Alvarez

    Sr. Administrative Assistant