Chief of Protocol
Ms. Dowlatshahi is currently Chief of Protocol for the City of San Antonio International Relations Office. She advises, assists and supports San Antonio officials on matters of diplomatic procedure. Sherry is also responsible for providing assistance in planning visits and welcoming high-level guests, diplomats, foreign officials and other distinguished guests to San Antonio and City Hall.
With over 25 years of experience in the area of international education, she brings to the Department extensive global experience, having lived primarily in England, Iran, Egypt, Mexico and the United States and traveled numerous countries. She is fluent in 4 languages, including Spanish, Farsi and French and has a basic knowledge of Arabic and Italian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree in "Modern Languages: Arabic and Spanish", with a specialization in Latin America and the Arab World, from the University of Westminster in London, England. She then obtained a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in History with a focus on Latin American Studies specializing in the History of Mexico.
Ms. Dowlatshahi is enthusiastic about raising San Antonio’s global profile and citizen awareness about opportunities for mutual enrichment. A strong believer in the power of communication, she advocates clear and transparent dialogue amongst all parties as the key to for the successful outcome of any program, be it a private or public sector initiative.
A native of San Antonio, Martha Henry spent many years studying and working abroad, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, before settling in her current position at the City of San Antonio's International Relations Office. As the Senior International Relations Officer, Ms. Henry focuses on coordinating official visits to San Antonio, facilitating relationships with local international organizations, and conducting research pertaining to the city’s international interests.
Ms. Henry has been involved extensively in cultural and educational exchange, and has worked with high school and college students and adult learners. She holds a Master’s degree in International Education and Exchange Management from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont and received a Fulbright fellowship to study higher education in the European Union.
Ms. Henry is also active in the local community and very engaged in the restoration of the San Antonio River, one of the largest urban ecosystem restoration projects in the nation. She is particularly intrigued by the international attention generated by this and other innovative San Antonio projects and by the exchange of best practices with visiting foreign delegations.
Mr. Henderson currently is fulfilling the roll of International Relations Specialist for the International Relations Office. In his role he is responsible for assisting the Chief of Protocol in hosting official foreign delegations through event planning, logistical support and official correspondence. His responsibilities also involve interfacing with local organizations to coordinate & provide support for international initiatives within San Antonio, especially having to do with San Antonio's sister city relationships.
Mr. Henderson is a local graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word where he studied under the resident diplomat Ambassador James Creagan in the area of International Affairs & Government. He has focused his studies in the areas of East & Southeast Asia, studying abroad in places like Southern China and India where he studied history, business and mandarin Chinese. His most recent international endeavor before taking on his position at the city was teaching English in Gwangju, South Korea.
In addition to his day to day functions as an International Relations Specialist, Mark Henderson is currently pursuing his Masters Degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in the field of International Politics. The busy schedule between work, school and after class assignments keeps his free time limited, especially when undertaking large projects as an office like the Sister Cities International Conference this July 11-13 th.
Mr. Henderson is passionate about international relationships and being a native of San Antonio is vested in expanding the city's visibility on a global scale.
Casa Mexico City
Since 1999, Ms. Metcalfe has been the international business representation for the City of San Antonio in Central and Southeast Mexico, including Mexico City, where 80% of corporate business headquarters are located. Ms. Metcalfe organizes trade missions for San Antonio businesses and sends Mexican businesses to San Antonio for trade, investment, exchange and development. Ms. Metcalfe is a fully bicultural American/Mexican with complete fluency in Spanish and offers her business experience based on her nine years as a Financial Advisor in Mexico, a former small business owner, President of the Board of Directors of the Association of U.S. State Offices in Mexico (ASOM), Vice President of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Mexico and Member of the Board of Advisors of Mexec. Her acumen allows her to share her insight of the Mexican business arena to ensure San Antonio entrepreneurs have the information they need to obtain the results they seek.
Casa San Antonio in Monterrey
With degrees in Law and Business Administration, coupled with over twenty five years in the public and private sectors, Ms. Sada brings a unique perspective and wealth of experience including the Municipal Governments of San Pedro and of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon in the Economic and Social Development Department and private business ventures. Alejandra is fully conversant with English and French having studied in New York, England and France.
A community activist, Alejandra has been a member and president of well-known charitable, social and political organizations. She was President of the Desarrollo Integral de la Familia Institution (DIF) in the important suburban city of San Pedro, Nuevo Leon over two three year periods, (this is a national institution headed by the wife of the President of Mexico). Further, Alejandra has been a Member of the Board of Asociacion Gilberto over the past twenty years. She was a member of the State of Nuevo Leon Executive Committee of the national political party Partido de Accion Nacional (PAN) and was a member of the organizing committee for the Mayoral Candidate for San Pedro, Nuevo Leon. Alejandra was a volunteer member of ANSPAC (National Association for the Improvement of the Human Person) for over ten years.
Casa San Antonio in Guadalajara
Tomas Lopez has developed a successful career as an entrepreneur. He is owner of Tegrafik (Printing Arts Mexico S de RL de CV), an organization with a 27 year history in the market.
With a Masters in Human Development, Mr. Lopez has completed several diplomas in the fields of business administration and business management. Since 1995, his experience, knowledge and skills have permitted him to play key-roles in Mexico's entrepreneurial sector. He has served as President of the National Chamber of Graphic Arts Industries (CANAGRAF), Vice-president of the National Confederation of Industrial Chambers (CONCAMIN), Member of the Boar d, Mexico-Us Commission For The Educational And Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS),
Coordinator of the Industrial Chambers Board of Jalisco (CCIJ) and Project Coordinator at the United National Development Program (PNUD), in Mexico. Former Presidente of the Economic and Social Committee of Jalisco, first of its kind in the country.
Mr. Lopez has been active in philanthropy and currently serves as Vice-President of the non-profit organization “Guadalajara 2020”, is the Coordinator of the Seminar “Guadalajara, a visionary metropolis”, is the Coordinator for “La Via Recreactiva” (Car Free Sundays), and President of “Guadalajara en Red” which consists of the implementation of hot spots in its downtown.