Anaheim Sister City Commission

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The Anaheim Sister City Commission is responsible for the growth and development of its sister cities Mito, Japan and Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The 15-member commission works year round to develop Anaheim’s cultural exchange opportunities, economic development and exploration of future sister cities.


  • April 27, 2015
  • John Nguyen, Chairman
  • Kyndell Thorson, Vice Chairman
  • Laurie Leonard, Treasurer
  • Anthony Al-Jamie
  • Pepe Avila
  • James Dinwiddie
  • Lori Farrow
  • Jackie Filbeck
  • Ann Gallaugher
  • Debbie Juliani
  • Chris Locke
  • Mark Lopez
  • Brian O’Neal
  • Anna Piercy
  • Jeanne Tran
Sister Cities
Mito, Japan
Anaheim’s sister city since 1976, Mito, Japan is located 70 miles north of Tokyo, is the Plum Blossom Capital and a center of commerce, culture, education and political power. The City of Anaheim hosts annual student exchange visits from Mito. Information about being a host family for a visiting Japanese student can be found on this page January 2015.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Anaheim’s sister city since 1998, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain is located in northern Spain, and is known for its magnificent cathedrals and museums and its rich historical, musical and artistic background. In recent years, Vitoria-Gasteiz has been recognized for its sustainability and green practices; much of which is knowledge shared between Anaheim and Vitoria-Gasteiz.

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Exchange Opportunities