Recognition & Reconnection

October 11 – 13, 2022
San Diego, CA & Tijuana, BC

Countdown to Opening Ceremony

Sister Cities International is honored to host mayors and citizen diplomats from around the world and across North America on October 11-13, 2022, for the U.S. – Mexico Mayors’ Community Summit. The Summit will build on our shared values to better foster bilateral relations and demonstrate the success of Sister Cities partnerships. Mexico is the leading country for Sister City relationships with more than 168 formal partnerships between Mexico and the United States– thanks to the enduring commitment and cooperation of citizen diplomats.


The U.S. – Mexico Mayors’ Community Summit will bring city leaders, academics, corporate executives, and prominent global experts together to showcase innovative projects with concrete outcomes around key areas such as trade and investment, economic development, education, humanitarian services, technology, arts and culture, and more. Join us for this unprecedented event to enrich friendships between nations, learn best practice strategies resulting from Sister Cities’ binational partnerships, and continue to strengthen our shared vision for global peace.










Learn more about the agenda of the U.S. – Mexico Mayors’ Community Summit: Recognition & Reconnection

(4:30 pm) Buses Depart the Westin San Diego Bayview Hotel

(5:30 PM) Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception (San Diego) Balboa Park, Spreckels Organ Pavilion and Mingei International Museum

Featured Speakers:
The Honorable Todd Gloria, Mayor of San Diego
The Honorable Montserrat Caballero, Mayor of Tijuana

Mayor Todd Gloria
Mayor of San Diego, California

Mayor Montserrat Caballero Ramírez
Mayor of Tijuana, Baja California

Peter Svarzbein
Chair, Sister Cities International

Leroy Allala
President and CEO, Sister Cities International

Dr. Stanley Rodriguez
Director, Kumeyaay Community College

San Diego

(7:30 – 8:00 PM) Buses return to Westin San Diego Bayview Hotel

(9:00 AM) Buses Depart from the Westin Hotel to CECUT in Tijuana

(10:00 AM) Opening Remarks at CECUT Tijuana

Peter Svarzbein
Chair, Sister Cities International
Carlos González Gutiérrez
Consul General of Mexico in San Diego


Mayors’ Panel | City-to-City Diplomacy:
The Role, Impact and Examples of Strong City-to-City Relationships

Mayor Todd Gloria
Mayor of San Diego, California

Mayor Tim Keller
Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Peter Svarzbein
Chair, Sister Cities International

Flash Talk | Real Time Binational Perception Survey

Rafael Fernández de Castro
Director at UC San Diego’s Center for U.S. - Mexican Studies

New Supply Chains and Value-Added Trade Between our Cities

Jerry Sanders
President and CEO,
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Ernesto Bravo
President, TECMA’s West Division

Tommy Gonzalez
City Manager El Paso, Texas

New Sister Cities Agreement Signing Ceremony

Leroy Allala
President and CEO, Sister Cities International

Keynote Lunch | Key U.S. + Mexico Initiatives
How Cities Can Participate and Benefit From U.S. – Mexico Initiatives

(2:30 PM) Transfer to Quartz Hotel in Tijuana

PANEL | Design + Global Resiliency:
The Impacts of Collaboration on Redesigning Cities & Regions

Carlos de la Mora
CEO, World Design Capital

Kenia Zamarripa
Executive Director of International Business Affairs,
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Flash Talk | Battle of the Women-Owned Craft Beers: San Diego vs Tijuana

Carmen Favela
CEO, Border X Brewing

PANEL | Artist Talk:
Working Between Countries, Beyond Borders

Enrique Chiu

Christine Brady
President, The Americas Foundation

Isaac Artenstein
Producer and Director
Mario Torero
Artist and Activist

Taste of Baja Gastronomy

(9:10 AM) Opening Remarks at The Westin Hotel

San Diego

PANEL | Powering Our Future:
A Discussion on the Future of the Energy Industry in North America

Mario Lopez
Director of External Markets, Lenova and Sempra Energy

Jeff Riles
Director of Energy Markets, Microsoft

Andrew Patterson
Senior Director, Bloom Energy

Manny Pelaez-Prada
Councilmember, City of San Antonio

PANEL | Immigration Today:
Understanding people and movement in a complicated world

Eva A. Millona
Assistant Secretary for Partnership and Engagement at U.S. Department of Homeland

Alejandro Luna A.
Partner, Santamarina + Steta

Teri Simmons
Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Flash Talk | Building Binational Peace

Dr. Everard Meade
Director, Proceso Pacífico

PANEL | Youth Panel: The Vision of the Future Generations in the U.S. – Mexico Relationship

Andy Carey
Executive Director, U.S. - Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership

Aaron Combs
SANDISCA Youth Ambassador and Youth Panelist Lead

Gloria Esparza
Environmental and International Law Professor, Universidad Autónoma De Baja California–Tijuana Campus

Gracyn Hunt
Youth Panelist

Keynote Lunch | More Than a Game:
Sports Diplomacy Today Between the United States & Mexico

Bobby Perez
Chief Legal officer, San Antonio Spurs

Diana Puetz
Director of Public Affairs, San Diego Padres

Todd Clever
American Rugby Player of the Decade for 2000-2009

Afternoon Tours

SCI Leadership Meetings

Membership Training

Closing Reception

San Diego


Mayor of Culver City, California – Dr. Daniel Lee
Mayor of Pueblo, Colorado – Nicholas Gradisar
Mayor of Brownsville, Texas– Juan Trey Mendez III
Mayor of Plano, Texas – John Muns
Mayor of Las Cruces, New Mexico – Ken Miyagishima
Mayor of San Diego, California – Todd Gloria
Mayor of Parras de la Fuente, Coahuila, México – Fernando Orozco Lara
Mayor of Tijuana, Baja California, México – Montserrat Caballero Ramírez
Mayor of Uruapan, Michoacán, México – Ignacio Benjamín Campos Equihua
Mayor of Rosarito, Baja California, México – Hilda Araceli Brown Figueredo
Mayor of El Paso, Texas – Oscar Leeser
Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico – Tim Keller
Mayor of Mesilla, New Mexico – Nora Barraza
Mayor Pro Tem of Amarillo, Texas – Freda Powell
Mayor Pro Tem of Irving, Texas – Albert Zapanta
Mayor Pro Tem of Redlands, California – Eddie Tejeda

Councilmember for Santa Monica, California – Oscar de la Torre
Councilmember for Fort Worth, Texas – Carlos Flores
Councilmember for San Jose, California – Sergio Jimenez
Councilmember for San Antonio, Texas – Manny Peláez
Councilmember for Pueblo, Colorado – Lawrence Atencio
Councilmember for Modesto, California – Tony Madrigal
Councilmember for Del Mar, California – Terry Gaasterland
Councilmember for Carson, California – Arleen Rojas
Former Mayor of Upland, California – Ray Musser


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