Mayor’s International Council

The Mayor’s International Council recognizes, celebrates, and promotes the diverse and international culture of the City of Salem in the following ways:

  • Highlights positive contributions in the area of cultural and international relations in Salem.

  • Recognizes residents and organizations that make the City of Salem a member of the global community.

  • Promotes cultural awareness and understanding for the enrichment of the community.

  • Indirectly assists in attracting international businesses that value an intercultural community.

  • Acknowledges and appreciates the value of diversity.

Council members

Council members meet twice a year. Council members are appointed by the Mayor to represent a variety of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Bahadur Singh
Temple President, Dasmesh Darbar Sikh Temple
Benny C. Williams
President, NAACP
Brenda Tuomi
Member, Tribal Council, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
David Anitok
President, Oregon Marshallese Community
Dikshant Patel
President, INDUS
Dr. John D. Choppala
Eddie Gumabon
Board Member, Greater Salem Filipino-American Association
Jose Gonzalez
President, Latino Business Alliance
Kathleen Fish
Executive Director, Salem Multicultural Institute
Kris Lou, Ph.D.
Director, International Education and Associate Professor, International Studies, Willamette University
Levi Herrera Lopéz
Executive Director, Mano a Mano Family Center
Michael Um
President of the Board of Directors, Gimhae, South Korea Sister City
Willie Richardson
President, Oregon Black Pioneers
Yoshifumi Daikoku
Board Member, Kawagoe, Japan Sister City

Sister cities

​Sister cities promote understanding and to encourage trade and tourism between communities in different countries. ​Sister cities promote understanding and to encourage trade and tourism between communities in different countries. Salem’s current sister cities are:

​Meeting documents

mayors-international-council-agenda-2017-07-18.pdf7/18/2017273 KB
mayor-agenda-addendum-a-2017-05-31.pdf5/31/2017179 KB
mayors-international-council-agenda-2017-04-28.pdf4/28/2017264 KB
mayors-international-council-agenda-2016-07-12.pdf7/12/2016281 KB
mayors-international-council-agenda-2016-04-06.pdf4/6/2016281 KB

​Reports and studies

Flyer for Mayor's International Council Potluck - 5/16/17113 KB
Survey of Who is in Salem240 KB

Contact us

Mayor's International Council
555 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301