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Anchorage Sister Cities

"The Sister Cities program is an important resource to the negotiations of governments in letting the people themselves give expression of their common desire for friendship, goodwill and cooperation for a better world." President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sister Cities International grew out of the People-to-People concept proposed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at a White House conference in 1956. Today over 1,056 U.S. communities have Sister City relationships with 1,688 foreign cities in 117 nations.

The Anchorage Sister Cities Commission was established in 1970, and became a full Commission in 1972. Its formation formally recognized the importance of cultural sport and educational exchange programs between Anchorage and other foreign cities as a means to foster mutual respect and goodwill.

The Commission is composed of Anchorage citizens appointed by the Mayor. Commissioners come from diverse groups within the community including the fields of government, commerce and education, as well as representatives of various ethnic communities. The members volunteer their time and efforts. The Sister Cities Commission also assists in hosting functions on behalf of Anchorage for visiting citizens and dignitaries from its sister cities.

For more information, email Commission Chair Charlene Howe at

Front row from left to right:  Father Norman Elliott, Charlene Howe, Colette La Rose

Back row from left to right:  Karen Bretz, Chris Kosinski, Ian Dutton, Hiroko Harada, Sheri Buretta, Gayle Mathiesen, Rada Khadjinova

    • Mayor's Office
    • Mayor: Dan Sullivan
    • 632 W 6th Avenue, Suite 840, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-7100