CONNECTING IOWANS TO THE WORLD Community

Board of Directors

The ISS Board of Directors oversees our international programs and maintains the ethical and fiduciary responsibility of our organization to financial supporters, state government and Iowa's citizenry.

Our Supporters

We wouldn't be able to do this sort of work with out the help of our supporters. Thank you all for your continual support!

Our Staff

Take some time to get to know the people at Iowa Sister States!

ISS is a 501(3)c non-profit organization that was founded in 1985 to manage Iowa's official relationships with foreign states, as established by the Governor of Iowa. Currently, Iowa has nine partnerships around the world:



Our Mission

ISS is a volunteer driven organization dedicated to connecting Iowans with the world community. Our Mission is to provide international programs that promote the interests of Iowans abroad. We do this by facilitating and hosting exchange programs between Iowa and our Sister States.


How do we benefit Iowa?

We provide Iowans (in all sectors) with opportunities statewide to connect with the international community via the sister state relationships.  We host themed programs in various areas including:  agriculture, law, business, culture, education, and many others.  We facilitate exchange programs to host incoming delegations, as well as out-bound.  We facilitate specific scholarship opportunities for Iowans to study in Iowa's sister states, as well as host students to attend Iowa-based colleges and universities.  


What is a citizen diplomat?
That's YOU when you get involved with Iowa Sister States. People-to-people exchanges change the world by changing one person at a time. Citizen diplomats are the foundation of Iowa Sister States and are key to keeping us a leader in our field.


Get involved

Opportunities to get directly involved with our international programs include: home hosting, translation/interpretation, accompanying or driving international visitors, and much more. 

New opportunities are always coming our way! Stay up-to-date on our upcoming programs and international events by joining our email newsletter. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. 

Staff and Volunteers

With only two full-time staff, ISS relies on volunteers to provide the creativity and energy to maintain our partnerships around the world. Each partnership is led by one or two volunteers, who assist our staff with the development and implementation of our programs.

About Iowa Sister States (ISS)