Sister Cities of Los Angeles Our
Sister Cities of Los Angeles (SCOLA) is a diplomatic platform for the City of Los Angeles that seeks to promote cooperation and direct engagement with its global partners on issues of mutual interest, particularly around business and commerce, tourism, education, and culture. As the leading diplomatic organization of Los Angeles, SCOLA facilitates and builds important global relationships that support the city and region’s urban agenda.
How SCOLA Operates
Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Inc. (SCOLA) is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization, governed by a Board of Directors and led by a Chairperson appointed by the Mayor.
Sister City approvals must follow the legislative process of City of Los Angeles, which begins with the City Council and ends with the Mayor’s approval or veto.
SCOLA is responsible for all current and future Sister City relationships on behalf of the City of Los Angeles; and for advancing Sister City goals/partnerships, in conjunction with the appropriate local and international institutions. SCOLA works closely with various partners from the public and private sector and the international community.
Sister Cities of Los Angeles Key Partners
Sister Cities of Los Angeles Funders
Honorary Board Member
Mayor - City of Los Angeles
Chairman, Berggruen Institute
CEO of Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
President and CEO, LA Tourism and Convention Board
President, World Trade Center Los Angeles
Executive Director, John Anson Ford Theatre
Ambassador Nina Hachigian (Ex-Officio Non-Voting Member)
Deputy Mayor of International Affairs, City of Los Angeles
Chairman of the Board, Sister Cities of Los Angeles
Executive Director, LA Department of Convention and Tourism Development
COO, LA World Airports
Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles
Senior Advisor to the Mayor
CEO, RBrauer Consulting
Partner, Englander, Knabe & Allen
Ambassador John Emerson
Vice Chairman, Capital Group International
Board Member, Human Rights Watch
Director, State and Local Government Affairs, American Airlines
Vice Provost, International Studies and Global Engagement, UCLA
COO, California Community Foundation
President, Los Angeles Business Council
(Former U.S Ambassador to Argentina) / President, Board of Harbor Commissioners
Former Chief of Protocol for Mayors Hahn and Villaraigosa
President, Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment, LA Area Chamber of Commerce
Sister City International
In 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower created Sister Cities International to promote peace and prosperity with cities around the world and create bonds amongst people of different cultures. He believed in people’s ability to better understand each other by celebrating and appreciating their differences, while building solid partnerships that would diminish the possibility of conflict. Since, Sister City organizations have been created throughout the United States to support the formation of long-term global relationships. Each Sister City organization is independent to pursue activities of importance to their cities.
Sister City of Los Angeles
Sister Cities of Los Angeles was created in 1959, with Nagoya, Japan becoming the first Sister City of Los Angeles. Later, twenty four more Sister City relationships followed and new relationships are sure to ensue.
Present Day - 2017
Sister of Los Angeles Rebranding
Given Los Angeles’ position as a regional leader, and with the full support of the Mayor, Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Inc. is undergoing a substantial re-organization and re-branding to better serve the 21st century needs of the Los Angeles region and its sister cities.