Adrienne Tongate is the Executive Director of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), a division of World Business Chicago that manages Chicago’s 28 international sister city relationships.
She provides leadership to CSCI staff and focuses on the development and implementation of CSCI’s strategic plans and policies. She works closely with CSCI’s Council of Chairs, volunteer committee members, and partner organizations to create programming that promotes Chicago as a global city and fosters citizen-to-citizen diplomacy.
Adrienne also manages CSCI’s core education initiative, the annual Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit; oversees the STEAMuseum, a digital museum being co-created by high school students in Chicago and Casablanca through a grant funded by the Stevens Initiative at the Aspen Institute; manages the Amman, Accra, Casablanca, Durban, and Humanitarian Committees; and facilitates international delegation visits.
She was born in Virginia, raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and visited Chicago 12 years ago on vacation and decided to stay. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of New Mexico.
Adrienne serves as the Conference Committee Chair for the Illinois Sister Cities Association Board.