I want to welcome you to the Fresno Sister Cities website. We are a 501(C)(3) non profit organization, officially supported by the City of Fresno and our many citizen volunteers. This is a Mayor-to-Mayor city partnership, with citizen diplomats volunteering on each committee.
We are the umbrella organization that supports the activities of Fresno's six Sister City Committees. Fresno's City Council people serve as Ambassadors to their choice of Sister City and are an invaluable resource. The embassies and consulates around the world are also very supportive of our efforts and encourage exchanges as a proven benefit to their efforts in diplomacy.
The individual committees are the best way to get involved personally with our many activities. Click on the links to each Committee to learn more, or for the contact information to each of the Chairmen.
Our city is one of 1,300 U.S. chapters of Sister Cities International, based in Washington, D.C. This international organization helps support the development of partnerships between U.S. cities like ours and cities around the world.
The main criterion in starting and maintaining a city-to-city partnership is that there be a demonstration of
grassroots support in both cities, so the mayors can reach an accord based on wide citizen support.We invite you to explore the rest of the website and contact us if you have any questions. I am available to speak to your organization about our student exchanges, the scholarship program and our business internships. We especially encourage you to join one of our six Sister City Committees. They would enjoy your interest and you will be enriched by the experience!
Board of Directors
Mayor Ashley Swearengin, City of
Fresno – Chairman of the Board
Vahagn Bznouni – Etchmiadzin, Armenia Chair
Lisa Murray – Münster, Germany Chair
Pat R. DiCicco – Verona, Italy Chair
Dale Ikeda – Kochi, Japan Chair
Armando Rodriguez – Torreon, Mexico Chair
Eugene Wong – Taishan, China Chair - Pending Sister City
Pierre-Paul Villafafila – Nimes, France Chair - Exploratory Sister City
Pending Sister Cities
Exploratory Sister Cities Committees
Inactive Sister Cities
Taraz, Khazakstan (formerly Djambul,