Adrienne Tongate is the Executive Director of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), a division of World Business Chicago that manages Chicago’s 29 sister city relationships.
Adrienne provides leadership to CSCI staff and focuses on the development and implementation of CSCI’s strategic plans and policies. Adrienne joined Chicago Sister Cities International as an intern in 2005 and has held the positions of Associate, International Program Manager, Senior Program Manager, and Deputy Director during her time with the organization. As Executive Director, she works closely with CSCI’s Council of Chairs, the Chicago Consular Corps, CSCI’s 600 + volunteer committee members, and partner organizations to create programming that promotes Chicago as a global city and that fosters citizen-to-citizen diplomacy.
Adrienne is passionate about fostering girls’ leadership and oversees CSCI’s core education initiative, the annual Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit. She also mentors teenage girls who are emerging leaders in their communities.
She was born in Virginia, raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and visited Chicago in 2004 on vacation and decided to stay. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of New Mexico.