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about us

OUR
Mission

The mission of the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs (MOIA) is to develop and foster relationships with Atlanta’s international community, economic development partners,  government agencies, and academic and cultural institutions to position Atlanta as a global hub for commerce, innovation, education, culture, and diplomacy.

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objectives

Trade and Commerce - Promoting International Business and Investment Opportunities

 

Global Connectivity - Attract Direct International Air Routes and Foster Airport-to-Airport Collaboration

 

International Events and Tourism - Attract International Visitors and Events to Generate Local Spending

 

Protocol & Diplomacy - Welcome International Delegations, Provide Protocol Training and Work with The Members of The Consular Corps

 

Expand Global Education - Enhance Cross Cultural Competency and Language Proficiency

 

Global Entrepreneurship - Position Atlanta as a Global Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 

message from mayor bottoms

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"As the 60th mayor of the City Atlanta, I am proud to welcome you to the Office of International Affairs official website. The City of Atlanta is proud to be home to a foreign-born population of more than 825,000 whose presence enriches the cultural and economic fabric of our community. The cultural and economic contributions of these communities strengthen our resiliency and increase the overall economic growth and success of all Atlantans.

Atlanta is also home to the busiest and most efficient airport in the world which welcomes 275,000 passengers daily, 2,600 foreign-owned enterprises, a $15 billion tourism and hospitality industry, and a dynamic community of international representatives and organizations, including more than 70 consular and trade offices, more than 30 bi-national chambers of commerce, and 17 sister city relationships. As the cradle of the Civil Rights movement and the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta treasures its diversity and leads by example to promote inclusion and civic engagement at home and around the world. Through key partnerships and programs Office of International Affairs serves to expand this global connectivity and continue to elevate the City's international profile. 

Whether you are a visiting delegation, a business-owner seeking international expansion, or want to stay up to date with the activities of the Mayor's Office of International Affairs, I invite you to use this website as your source for information on the City of Atlanta's international affairs." 

Video Credit: Metro Atlanta Chamber

 
 

meet our team

VANESSA IBARRA

As Director of International Affairs for the City of Atlanta, Ms. Ibarra plans, develops and implements the international activities of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. She assists in facilitating trade, economic development, tourism, and cultural initiatives for the City of Atlanta and liaises with local, national and international agencies.

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Director
PAULINA GUZMAN

As Deputy Director of Diplomacy and External Affairs, Ms. Guzman advises, assists, and supports city officials on matters of diplomatic procedures and is responsible for planning visits and welcoming diplomats, foreign officials, and other distinguished guests to Atlanta. She also oversees the office’s international education activities.

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Deputy Director, Diplomacy and External Affairs

As Global Engagement Manager, Ms. Steinmetz-Rodriguez supports senior staff in their economic development efforts and in executing inbound and out-bound exchanges by providing market research and briefings. She also leads the office's marketing efforts and the new Global Sports Initiative.

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Global Engagement Manager
MEREDITH STEINMETZ-RODRIGUEZ