Meet our new President Germán Rodriguez

Meet the new President of the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association, Germán Rodriguez! Although elected this September, many of you already know Germán from his 15 years on the SPSCA Board doing work in our membership outreach, fundraising, De Poi and l'Universita per Stranieri scholarship committees, and the Sister-City market scheduled each fall in Perugia.

Germán retired this year in April 2021 from geriatric social work with Washington State, having done that for 25 years. He was born in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and began studying Italian in college. He came to Seattle in 1983 and continued to take Italian lessons, and he now co-leads our La Tavola Italiana bi-monthly Italian conversation group. He also studied at l'Universita per Stranieri on SPSCA scholarship in 2013, and claims to be one of the descendents of Christopher Columbus himself!

President Rodriguez looks forward to the future and our continued Seattle relationship and sister city-hood with Perugia, Italy, all with your support in membership, saying: "The culture enrichment between the two countries is what you get with donating [to our organization], the ability of getting to know people from all over the world. Having experienced Perugia, I've met and kept in touch with people and places I didn't even know were in existence. It really opens your mind. I give thanks to the organization."

The organization thanks Cindy Musto, outgoing President, many thanks for a great year as our leader; we accomplished many great projects and programs despite the ongoing pandemic.

We look forward to Germán's leadership and all that we have on the horizon, stay tuned!