Get Involved

Join the Commission
The Edmonds Sister City Commission consists of 12 volunteers serving three-year terms and one student volunteer serving a one-year term. Sister City Commissioners attend around 20 events/meetings each year including:

  • Regular Commission meetings
  • City Council meetings
  • Fundraising and promotional events
  • Student orientations
  • Welcome & farewell dinners for visiting delegations
  • Exchange activities during delegation visits
  • For a complete list of Commissioner expectations please click here

The student representative must be a resident of Edmonds, attend high-school or college, and have a strong interest in Japan. Duties include:

  • Attending Commission meetings
  • Assist with events around the annual student/adult exchanges
  • Participate in special projects, such as the Commission's booth at the Edmonds Farmers Market and student delegation recruiting

Qualified applicants will have an interest in Japan and support the mission of the Edmonds Sister City Commission ~ promoting international communication and understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and culture. Applicants participate in an interview process and are selected, in part, based upon their skills as they apply to the Commission's mission, functions, and current and ongoing projects. Please us the application found here.

Travel to Japan
The Commission coordinates exchanges of adults and students. Since its creation in 1988, over 1,200 people have traveled between the two cities. Typically, delegates stay in homes and are given opportunities to meet residents and business owners, and to experience the respective cultures first-hand. For more information, visit the Exchange page or contact the Commission.

Sister City Contact

City Staff
Carolyn LaFave, Exec. Asst. to the Mayor

Sister City Commission

Current Openings

Office of the Mayor
425.771.0247 (phone)
425.771.0252 (fax)