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International Relations Committee

In 1962, the International Relations Committee was created to enhance the understanding and appreciation of other nations and cultures by the residents of the City of St. Petersburg and to foster beneficial educational and cultural exchanges between the city and other communities worldwide. In 2001, the committee was also charged with fostering economic development through commerce between the City of St. Petersburg and cities in other nations.

The committee consists of twelve members, one of whom is a member of City Council, appointed by the Mayor with confirmation of City Council. Specific responsibilities include coordinating official visits of international dignitaries to the city and promoting the sister city relationship with Takamatsu, Japan, through the Student Ambassador program and the twin city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia.

International Relations Committee meets every fourth Monday of the month at 4 p.m. in the City Hall Community Resource Room.

If you are a St. Petersburg resident and interested in serving on the International Relations Committee contact the Office of Cultural Affairs for information.

Members (3 year term)
  • Linda Worcester Dobbs - Term Expires: December 31, 2017 - 2nd Term

  • Ann Marie Cash Lavasseur - Term Expires: December 31, 2017 - 1st Term

  • Luisa Perez-Harvey - Term Expires: December 31, 2019 - Partial Term

  • Katie Ramsberger - Term Expires: December 31, 2017 - 1st Term

  • Sharon Simms - Term Expires: December 31, 2018 - 1st Term

  • Eric Lynn - Term Expires: December 31, 2019 - Partial Term

  • Alicia L. Bryan - Term Expires: December 31, 2018 - 2nd Term

  • Usha Prakash - Term Expires: December 31, 2018 - Partial Term

  • Joshua Ben Shulman - Term Expires: December 31, 2018 - 2nd Term

  • Awilda Harrington - Term Expires: December 31, 2018 - Partial Term

  • Council Member Ed Montanari - Appointed January 2017

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