Sister Cities Commission


3rd Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m.


City Hall (Zoom during Covid state of emergency)


The SCC is composed of 13 members; including: (5) At-large members, 1 Representative for each Sister City (3), (1) Business Rep, (1) Higher Education Rep, (1) K-12 Rep, (1) Staff liaison, (1) Youth Rep.


3 years (3 term limit)

Charlottesville Sister Cities

Besançon, France

Huehuetenango, Guatemala (Friendship City)

Pleven, Bulgaria (Inactive)

Poggio a Caiano, Italy

Winneba, Ghana



Alicen Brown, K-12 Education
Amanda Folsom, At-large
Nana Ghartey, Winneba 
Michael Grinnell, At-large (Treasurer)
Daman Irby, Higher Education (Chair)
Stella Mattioli, Poggio a Caiano
Sylvia New Strawn, At-large
Dave Norris, At-large7/1/2019-6/30/2022
Maxicelia Robinson, Staff liaison (Ex-officio)
Standing Member
Elizabeth Smiley, Besancon (Secretary)
Adrienne Ward, At-large
Vivien Wong, Youth 
Vacant, Business

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The City of Charlottesville is an active member of Sister Cities International, a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities. This network strives to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development. Appointed by Council, the CSCC as a volunteer-based organization promotes understanding and fosters relationships between citizens and organizations in the Charlottesville area and our sister cities through cultural, economic, educational, and humanitarian activities.

The charge of the Commission is as follows:  

a.    To sponsor exchange activities with Charlottesville’s Sister Cities, including social events that provide cultural enrichment of an economic, educational or charitable nature. 

b.    To encourage activities that promote greater cultural understanding and subsequent civic, economic and governmental relationships.

c.    To appoint subcommittees that best fulfill the mission of the Commission. 

d.    To raise and receive monies and accept any gifts or donations to the Sister Cities Commission and administer the same, subject to the approval of City Council. 

e.    To perform duties as assigned by City Council. 


The CSCC is always looking for citizens to participate as Council-appointed  volunteer commissioners and project volunteers as well as applicants for its annual grants program. Residents of the City of Charlottesville will be given preferential consideration for membership and can apply to fill the vacancies as they become available.

To contact the Sister Cities Commission please email

The Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission maintains a separate website with additional information  and photos.  Please visit