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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, diplomacy, and sports.

 
OUR
Objectives
  • Promote International Business & Investment Opportunities:

Promoting trade, global connectivity, & international strategic partnerships between the City of Atlanta & international stakeholders

  • Protocol & Diplomacy:

Liaise with & support the Members of the Consular Corps, international community, sister city relationships, welcome foreign delegations, & provide protocol guidance to City departments & organizations based in Atlanta.​

 

  • International Education & Youth Engagement:

Collaborate with Atlanta based academic institutions to develop students’ cross-cultural competencies & foreign language acquisition to establish a competitive global workforce.​

  • Hosting & Attracting International Events:

Attracting physical & virtual international events to grow Atlanta’s global brand, increase domestic spending, & bring cultural experiences to all Atlantans.

  • Position Atlanta as a Global Sports Hub:

Promoting Atlanta as the leading place for sports & encourage sports as a vehicle to being communities & cultures together.​

  • Support the City of Atlanta & Mayoral-led Initiatives:

Ensure that the City of Atlanta & the Mayor have the necessary support to serve the public & ensure business continuity for the City.​

Welcome mayor andre dickens

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Video Credit: Mayor's Office of Communications

 
 

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.

Global Engagement Manager
MEREDITH STEINMETZ-RODRIGUEZ