Recognition & Reconnection

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

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

(4:15 pm) Buses Depart the Westin San Diego Bayview Hotel at State Street entrance
400 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

(5:00 PM) Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception
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

Carlos González Gutiérrez
Consul General of Mexico in San Diego

San Diego

(7:30 – 8:00 PM) Buses return to Westin San Diego Bayview Hotel
2125 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101

(6:45 AM) Breakfast
Room Diamond I at the Westin San Diego Bayview Hotel

(8:25 AM)Buses Depart from the Westin Hotel to CECUT in Tijuana


(9:45 AM) Opening Remarks at CECUT Tijuana
P.° de lo Heroes 9350, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana

Peter Svarzbein
Chair, Sister Cities International

Carlos González Gutiérrez
Consul General of Mexico in San Diego

Thomas E. Reott
Consul General of the United States in Tijuana

Mayor Montserrat Caballero Ramírez
Mayor of Tijuana, Baja California


(10:15 AM) Mayor’s Panel | City-to-City Diplomacy:
The Role, Impact and Examples of Strong City-to-City Relationships

Javier Gomez
Senior Advisor of Policy and Council Affairs, San Diego, California

Ignacio B. Campos Equiha
Mayor, Uruapan, Michoacan

Oscar Leeser
Mayor, El Paso, Texas

Peter Svarzbein
Chair, Sister Cities International

Armando Ayala Robles
Mayor, Ensenada, Baja California

(11:15 AM) Flash Talk | Real Time
Border Youth Collective

Andrea Rincon Cortes
Founder, Border Youth Collective

(11:45 AM) PANEL | USMCA Today:
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

Carlos Jaramillo
President, Tijuana EDC

Tommy Gonzalez
City Manager El Paso, Texas

Leroy Cavazos
Vice President of Government and International Affairs, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

(12:45 AM) New Sister Cities
Agreement Signing Ceremony

Oscar Leeser
Mayor, El Paso, Texas

Fernando Orozco Lara
Mayor, City of Parras, Coahuila

(1:00 PM) Lunch

(1:30 PM) Interactive Real-time Exercise | Binational Perception Survey

Diana Cuevas
Socia Fundadora, Legal Core

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

(2:30 PM) Private Mayor’s Tour
Private activity for public officials only

(2:30 PM) Transfer to Quartz Hotel in Tijuana
P.° de lo Heroes 9350, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana

(3:00 PM) PANEL | Design + Global Resiliency:
The Impacts of Collaboration on Redesigning Cities & Regions

Marcela Celorio
Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles

José Galicot Behar
Founder, Tijuana Innovadora

Carlos de la Mora
CEO, World Design Capital

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

(4:00 PM) Flash Talk | Battle of the Women-Owned Craft Beers:
San Diego vs Tijuana

Carmen Favela
CEO, Border X Brewing

Ximena Lopez
Founder, Maxica Cerveceria Artesanal

(4:15 PM) PANEL | Artist Talk:
Working Between Countries, Beyond Borders

Enrique Chiu

Christine Brady
President, The Americas Foundation

Isaac Artenstein
Producer and Director
James Brown
Owner, Bread and Salt
Mario Torero
Artist and Activist

(5:00 PM) Taste of Baja Gastronomy

(7:30 PM) Buses return to the Westin San Diego Bayview Hotel

(8:00 AM) Breakfast
Emerald Ballroom

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

Leroy Allaya
President and CEO, Sister Cities International
Mayor Todd Gloria
Mayor of San Diego, California

Sherry Dowlatshahi
Chief Diplomacy & Protocol Officer / Head of Global Engagement, City of San Antonio

Ivette Casillas
VP Tijuana Chamber of Commerce

San Diego

(9:40 AM) 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

Ariel Ruiz
Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

(10:30 AM) PANEL | Mayor’s Private Roundtable:
Private Activity for public officials only

(10:30 AM) 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

Aren Turpening
Director of Market Strategy, Bloom Energy

Manny Pelaez-Prada
Councilmember, City of San Antonio

(11:35 AM) Flash Talk | Building Binational Peace

Dr. Everard Meade
Director, Proceso Pacífico

(11:50 AM) 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
2022 Grand Prize Winner of the Sister Cities International Young Artist and Authors Showcase

Sean Elo-Rivera
Council President, City of San Diego, Discritc 9

Cecilia Elizabeth Bernal Murrieta

Sukheys Vazquez Ortiz

(12:45 PM) Flash Talk | Two Countries, Many Borders, One Technology

J.J. Childress
Community Engagement Manager, Microsoft

(1:15 PM) Keynote Lunch | More Than a Game:
Sports Diplomacy Today Between the United States & Mexico

Mario Porras
Director of Binational Affairs, El Paso Community Foundation + Summit Co-Chair

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

Dr. Everard Meade
Director of Proceso Pacífico

(2:30 PM) Panels Concludes

(5:30 PM) Closing Reception
Commemorating Eisenhower’s Legacy
San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

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 Mesilla, New Mexico – Nora Barraza
Mayor of Ensenada, B.C.- Armando Ayala Robles
Mayor of Tetela del Volcán, Morelos- Luis Antonio Martinez Alvarez
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
City Representative – El Paso, Texas – Henry Rivera

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