about us

World peace through global people-to-people relationships

OUR MISSION & HISTORY

Aspen Sister Cities is a nonprofit organization run by a Board of Directors. Our mission is to share ideas and cultures through the international exchange of students and community members from Aspen and its sister cities. We support the Sister Cities International mission statement of promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation- one individual, one community at a time.
The Aspen Sister Cities program began in 1966 with a relationship with Garmisch- Partenkirchen, Germany. In 1985 Mayor Bill Stirling and the council established the Aspen Sister Cities Committee. Relationships with six more cities were subsequently established.
Affiliations between cities throughout the world began after WWII. The U.S. Sister Cities program was launched by President Eisenhower in 1956, and from this grew the Sister Cities International organization which has assisted more than 900 U.S. cities link with 2100 communities in 120 different countries.

Learn more about Sister Cities International

our sister cities:

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Elise Cohen (interim)

President

Elise Cohen

Vice- President

Morris Hogan

Treasurer

(Vacant)

Secretary

The Aspen Sister Cities committee meets at 5pm the second Thursday of every month in the Sister Cities room of the City Hall, and the public is invited. 

SISTER CITIES COORDINATORS

Abetone - Italy

Abetone - Italy

Jill Sheeley

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Bariloche - Argentina

Bariloche - Argentina

Griff Smith  // Lala Caffarone

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Chamonix - France

Chamonix - France

John Armstrong

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Davos - Switzerland

Davos - Switzerland

Karinjo DeVore

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Garmisch - Germany

Garmisch - Germany

Betsy Ann Anastas

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Queenstown - New Zeland

Queenstown - New Zeland

Jill Sheeley

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Shimukappu - Japan

Shimukappu - Japan

Kamala Marsh 

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STUDENT EXCHANGE COORDINATORS

STUDENT EXCHANGE COORDINATORS

Betsy Ann Anastas (middle school)

Jill Sheeley (high school)

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ASPEN CITY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE

Ward Hauenstein

SNOWMASS TOWN COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE

Alyssa Shenk

In the News // 

Shimukappu English Teacher Program

Shimukappu English Teacher Program

A unique program that Aspen and Shimukappu have shared since March of 1991, is an English Teacher position. An individual from the Aspen area lives.. Read More →
Aspen’s First Sister City

Aspen’s First Sister City

By Nancy Gensch Gretl Uhl and her husband, Sepp, moved from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Aspen, Colorado in 1953. Gretl grew up IN the Ski Jumping Stadium.. Read More →
Bariloche Artist Ingrid Roddick, “I can only hope this exchange continues”

Bariloche Artist Ingrid Roddick, “I can only hope this exchange continues”

Visiting Aspen was an amazing experience, not only is it beautiful (and in similar and different ways Bariloche is), but it has an.. Read More →
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support our mission

To support the Sister City International mission statement of
promoting peace through mutual respect. understanding,
& cooperation – One individual, one Community at a
time by facilitating exchanges between Aspen Sister Cities.