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.

Anna M. Peterson
Emertis Member
Arthur Berman
Board Member, Kawagoe, Japan Sister City
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 Rheinholdt
Board Member, Latino Business Alliance
Dr. John D. Choppala
Emeritus Member
Eddie Gumabon
Board Member, Greater Salem Filipino-American Association
Jacqueline Leung
President, Micronesian Islander Community
Jade Aguilar, Ph.D.
Vice President, Diversity, Equite, and Inclusion, Willamette University
Kathleen Fish
Executive Director, Salem Multicultural Institute
Levi Herrera Lopéz
Executive Director, Mano a Mano Family Center
Michael Um
President of the Board of Directors, Gimhae, South Korea Sister City
Robert Anjain
President, Oregon Marshallese Community
Sridevi Talluri
President, INDUS
Willie Richardson
President, Oregon Black Pioneers
Yang Thao
Hmong Community member

Sister cities

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

​Meeting documents

8/7/2019387 KB
4/23/2019386 KB
11/15/2018387 KB
7/18/2018192 KB
4/30/2018153 KB
3/12/2018503 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