About Us



The Stockton Sister Cities Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.



Please view our organization's bylaws and constitution. If you are interested in adding a sister city to Stockton, please reach out to us at stocktonsistercities@gmail.com



Our team of dedicated board members volunteer much of their time and effort to this organization. Many have been involved in the Stockton Sister Cities Association for decades.

Board Members

How the Stockton Sister City Association Began

Wording on the Stockton Sister City Plaque Located in Downtown Stockton:

"Sister city affiliations between the United States and other nations began shortly after World War II, and developed into a national initiative when President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed the "people-to-people" program at a White House conference in 1956. President Eisenhower's intention was to involve individuals and organized groups at all levels of society in citizen diplomacy, with the hope that personal relationships, fostered through Sister City, county, and state affiliations, would lessen the chance for future world conflicts.

"Sister City relationships are officially recognized through Sister City agreements signed by the respective mayor or responsible governmental official of each city and ratified by each city council or [its] equivalent. Stockton's participation in Sister Cities International began in 1959, when Mayor Dean DeCarli and a delegation of Stocktonians traveled to Shimizu, Japan, to sign a Sister City Agreement.

"Many exchanges of artists, athletic teams, choral groups, city officials, medical personnel, teachers, students and involved citizens have contributed much to the understanding of each others' culture and establishment of lasting personal friendships. The program is operated by the Sister City Association of Stockton, and independent non-profit corporation, with an 18-member Board of Directors, and continuing support from the Mayor and City Council. 

"The flags located here represent the countries in which Stockton has established Sister Cities around the world."

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If you wish to learn more, please visit the website of Sister Cities International.

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