Teri Simmons, a partner with the Atlanta-based law firm of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, has been elected to the 27-member board of directors of the 560 U.S.-member city Sister Cities International network.
Ms. Simmons was elected as an at-large board member during the Sister Cities International annual business meeting at its 60th annual conference in Washington July 15.
Ms. Simmons directs Arnall Golden Gregory’s international and immigration practice groups focusing on all aspects of representation of foreign-owned companies investing in the U.S.
A former chair of the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission as the mayoral appointee for more than 10 years, she also managed Atlanta’s programs with its Sister City, Nuremberg, Germany.
Ms. Simmons is fluent in German, having relied the Friendship Award from the German government and the Prize of Honor from the City of Nuremberg for her work in international economic development and cultural exchange between the U.S. and Germany.
She also is a former chair of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association’s Georgia and Alabama chapter as well as a former AILA board member and national CBP liaison.
Ms. Simmons is joining the rest of the newly elected at-large board members including Raveen Arora of Tempe, Ariz.; Magdalena Carrasco of San Jose, Calif.; Ruther Cotter of Sunnyvale, Calif.; Willow Darsie of Washington; Cindy Elliott of Hays, Kan.; Lee Guio of Union City, Calif.; Lorna Johnson of East Orange, N.J; Carol Robertson Lopez of Santa Fe, N.M; Jim Moran of Alexandria, Va.; Peter Svarzbein of El Paso, Texas and Lawrence Uebner of Omaha, Neb.
Founded in 1956, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for 570 member communities with relationships in 2,300 communities in 150 countries on six continents.