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Mission Statement

To strengthen partnerships and communication between United States and globally by collaborating with organizations and funding programs that promote culture, education, entertainment and sports.


The Sister Cities Program was launched in 1956 by President Eisenhower to further international understanding and friendship at all levels of the community on a continuing long term basis. Since its inception four decades ago, the Sister Cities Program has grown into the world’s largest international organization. In theme with Sister Cities International’s slogan, "Peace Through People", the City of Atlanta currently has forged sister city relationships with 18 international cities.


The spirit of the Sister Cities Program is expressed in the purpose of the Atlanta – Rio de Janeiro Sister City Foundation: to facilitate increased contact and exchanges between the United States and populous local governments. This aim is based on a belief that greater interaction between the multiple countries will build on feelings of mutual goodwill.

Atlanta Rio de Janeiro Sister Cities Foundation
4062 Peachtree Road Suite A, Concourse 193
Atlanta, GA 30319
(404) 219.4380
(404) 506.9803


Franklin McGruder, President

Franklin McGruder is a well respected and accomplished advertising and marketing executive whose Atlanta, GA based company is at the forefront of entertainment and new media in the World. A self-made entrepreneur, he’s served as President and CEO of MA360 Media, Inc. since it’s inception in 1993 and his leadership has successfully guided the company to new heights while positioning the organization well in front of its competitors due it’s innovative business direction and forward looking technological strategies. Mr. McGruder has an innate ability to develop cutting edge campaigns for his clients. His firm has earned a distinguished track record for generating wide reaching media buzz for new projects that utilize the latest promotional techniques. In addition, he is the Founder and CEO of Buicon Inc., a general contracting firm based in Atlanta, GA that specializes in construction management and is centered upon community redevelopment.

Office in Brazil
Marco Fonseca Decosta (Vice-President)
Mr. Decosta has 15 years experience in public office positions in city, state and federal levels. Former Rio de Janeiro Urban Center Director, he also served as State Ombudsman on Welfare policies and Human Rights. Mr. Dacosta was press assistant for the Rio de Janeiro City Department of Public Health, Culture and Urban Affairs. Currently he is Advisor for International Relations in the Brazilian Federal Congress. .

+ 55 21 8382-7178 
U.S. Number 1 + 917 891.2208

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