Sister Cities



​​​​Hiroko Harada

Marianne Kerr


​​Erin Kirkland - Vice Chair


​​​Jin Chen


​Chong Park

Yohyon Pharr


Jeff Landfield - Chair​


Ruth Kvernplassen

Alliana Salanguit - Treasurer



​​​Mayor's Liaison

​​Shannon Kuhn




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 Interna​tional grew out of the People-to-People concept proposed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at a White House conference in 1956.

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. Commission meetings are held monthly and are open to the public.

For more information, email the Anchorage Sister Cities Commission at 

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Apply to Become a Commissioner​

​All applicants should submit a statement of interest (not to exceeded one page), three references, and a CV/résumé here to be considered.

Indigenous persons, persons of color, and LGBTQ persons are especially encouraged to apply.​

​For more information, please see the attachment below or contact Anchorage Sister Cities Commission at 

Sister Cities Commission Advertisement for Commissioners.pdf


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