Board of Directors Candidates

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Board of Directors Candidates

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The Sister Cities International (SCI) Board of Directors is elected by its voting members. The election will be held virtually with electronic voting. The results of the election will be announced at the SCI Annual Business Meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Tacoma, Washington. More information on the election, as well as service on the Board of Directors can be found in the FAQ section. Sister Cities International is committed to the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our organization at all levels. 

Eight (8) at-large board positions will be filled by election. Seven (7) at-large positions are for full three-year terms (2024-2027). One (1) at-large position is for a one-year term

Candidates seeking these positions must agree to all requirements listed in the Board application. If elected, you must attend the four leadership meetings annually. Board members are required to make a meaningful Global Leaders Circle contribution of a minimum of $2,500 for each calendar year (or portion of a calendar year) they serve on the Board of Directors. Board Member Global Leader Circle contributions are expected during the first quarter of each calendar year unless special arrangements are pre-approved by the Chair.  

It is the policy of the SCI Board of Directors that each candidate applying for the above positions, including current Directors running for second terms, must submit their application materials and all supplementals by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, May 13th to Kerri Carter at [email protected]. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered.  

The application materials to be submitted include:  

  1. Application – to be completed, signed, and scanned. [submit as .pdf]
  2. Narrative Portion – submit answers to the following in Word format with your application materials. All narrative answers will be reproduced in each candidate’s profile on the SCI website and in other election materials provided to voting members. Please take note of all word count limits throughout the application. If an applicant exceeds the desired word count, Sister Cities International may edit your response to meet the requirements. [submit as .docx]
    1. A brief biographical description, including relevant experience in your sister city program or other organizations (up to 250 words).
    2. A statement of why you want to run for the Board of Directors (up to 200 words).
    3. The major skills and assets that you will bring to the Board (up to 75 words).
  3. Headshot/Photograph – for use on election materials and ballot. [submit as .jpeg or .png
  4. Letter of Support – from an elected official or representative of a local sister city program (Board Chair/President/Committee Head). If you have questions about recommender’s eligibility, please contact Kerri Carter at [email protected]. [submit as a .pdf (max size, 1MB)

All candidates will receive electronic confirmation of their applications within two days of receipt. If you do not receive confirmation within two days, please contact Kerri Carter at [email protected] or call 202-347-8635 or 202-347-8630. 

Please be sure to review the FAQ for Board applicants, available online here. 


Monday, March 4

Application posted to SCI website

Monday, May 13

Applications due by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time

Monday, May 13 – Thursday, May 16

Elections Subcommittee reviews applications and certifies candidates

Board Development Committee meets to review candidates and make recommendations

Monday, May 20 (minimum 60 days prior to the Annual Business Meeting)

Certified Candidates posted to website

Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 7

Preparation of Voting Platform and Mock Election

Virtual Candidates Forum, to be conducted one day this week by SCI’s State Representatives; Exact date will be chosen at a later date.

Friday, June 7

Voting begins at 11:59 a.m. Eastern Time, and electronic ballots sent to SCI Members

Thursday, July 17

Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time

Thursday, July 18

Election winners announced during the 2024 Annual Business Meeting [Location: Tacoma, Washington]

2021 SCI Board at the Eisenhower Memorial


Date: TBD Eastern Time (US and Canada)


After candidates have been certified by the Elections Committee of the Board of Directors, the candidates will be presented to Sister Cities International voters via electronic communications as well as postings on our website. Voting will be open for approximately six weeks prior to the Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Tacoma (Washington). 

Voters will be sent an electronic ballot on Friday, June 7 at 11:59 a.m. Eastern Time and must submit their electronic ballot by Wednesday, July 17, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific TimeElection winners will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting held on Thursday, July 18, 2024. 

Directors are elected by SCI’s member communities, with one or more representatives from each community serving as the voter(s)/delegate(s). Electronic ballots are sent to the primary contact SCI has on record, which is often either the President & CEO, Board Chair, or city liaison for a member community. 

Yes. Votes are weighted as either two, three, or four votes depending on the size of the community. 

Candidates’ answers to the narrative questions – bio, why you are running, skills and assets – will be provided to members. There will also be a virtual candidate forum conducted by the SCI State Representatives that will be posted on the Sister Cities International website. 

The Annual Business Meeting will be on Friday, July 19, 2024, in Tacoma, Washington. 

No. All candidates must commit to attending the Annual Business Meeting. 

Voting results will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting on Friday, July 19, 2024. 

There are up to twenty-seven (27) members of the Board of Directors, including the Chair, Immediate Past Chair (Chair Emeritus), twenty-one (21) At-Large Members, one Young Professional Representative, one State Representative, and two (2) members appointed by the Chair with the approval of the rest of the Board. The twenty-one (21) At-Large Directors serve three-year terms, with the other five serving two-year terms. 

The Executive Committee is composed of the Board Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and three (3) At-Large members. In addition to the Executive Committee, there are committees for Audit, Board Development, Finance, Fund Development, Governance, Human Resources, Membership, and Strategy & Programs. Committees include Directors, State Representatives, Honorary Board Members, or others appointed by the Board Chair. Ad hoc committees or task forces may also be created at the Chair’s discretion. 

The Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and the three (3) At-Large Executive Committee members are elected by the Board during the final Board meeting of the summer leadership meetings, following the election and appointment of new Directors. Officers are elected each year, except for the Vice Chair, who is elected every other year, and who assumes the position of Board Chair upon the expiration of the Chair’s term. 

Each Director must attend four Board meetings every year: two meetings at the Summer Leadership Meetings (Annual Business Meeting) [usually mid-July to early-August], one Fall Leadership Meeting, [usually in October with the location determined by the Board Chair], and one at the Spring Leadership Meeting [generally in March in Washington, DC.] All dates and locations are subject to change. In addition, each Director must serve on at least one committee, which typically meets once per month via conference call, and which may include additional tasks depending on the committee. The Officers’ responsibilities can be found in Sister Cities International’s Bylaws. 

Board members will make a meaningful personal Global Leaders Circle contribution of a minimum $2,500 for each calendar year (or portion of a calendar year) they serve on the Board of Directors. Board Member Global Leader Circle contributions are expected during the first quarter of each calendar year unless individual special installment arrangements are pre-approved by the Board Chair. In addition, each Director is expected to bear the cost of travel, hotel, and incidental expenses for the four (4) required Board meetings. 

Each Director must sign Sister Cities International’s Disclosure Statement, Conflict of Interest policy, and Code of Ethics upon assumption of Board duties. 

Please contact Chair, Peter Svarzbein, at p[email protected] or the SCI Director of Operations, Kerri Carter, at [email protected].