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The Sister City movement in the United States was inaugurated by President Eisenhower in 1956 as the "People to People program," whose purpose was to establish greater friendship and understanding between the people of the United States and the peoples of other nations through direct contact.

Broomfield was introduced to Maruko, Japan, and encouraged to establish a sister city relationship by Up With People (UWP) when they were headquartered in Broomfield. The mayors of Broomfield and Maruko, Japan signed the first "Friendship
City" document in May 2001. Maruko became the first sister city for Broomfield.  In 2005, Maruko and other smaller municipalities merged to become part of the larger community of Ueda in Nagano prefecture. Broomfield's and Ueda's mayors signed an updated “Friendship City” agreement in 2006. 

In 2023, the Broomfield Sister City Organization became a 501c3 nonprofit for the purpose of expansion to include additional sister city affiliates, enhance community involvement and support, and provide dedicated funding to the organization.

Broomfield Sister Cities Organization is a member of the Sister Cities International.

- Our Team -

Board of Directors

Junko Goodwin


Helene Jewett

Vice Chair

Karen Stuart


Michael Usrey


Heidi Henkel

City Council

Colleen Doyle

Board of Director

Martina Bass

Board of Director

Larry Cooper

Board of Director

Tryna Cooper

Board of Director


Broomfield Sister Cities Organization is a registered 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit organization. 

Please click here to see our BYLAWS, and tax ID documents. 

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