Description of Duties

In an effort to ensure California continues to be a global leader and a premier destination when seeking information regarding public policy and best practices, the SOIR is tasked with a host of responsibilities, including:  

  • Develop and implement substantive programs for international dignitaries who are making official visits to the State Senate.  This may include coordinating itineraries and scheduling meetings with California government and legislative representatives.  
  • Ensure welcoming receptions for international dignitaries merit the nature of the visit and Senatorial protocol procedures.  This may include an official introduction in the Senate Chamber during a floor session, the display of a foreign delegation’s national flag in the Senate Chamber and a presentation of a commemorative California gift.
  • Act as the official liaison between the California Senate and the more than 170 California Consulates General, as well as, provide reciprocal and ongoing assistance to members of the California Consular Corps regarding the California Legislature.
  • Provide assistance to Senators and their staff in researching and obtaining information regarding foreign governments' legislation and policies on issues of interest.
  • Provide linguistic translation assistance and linguistic resources.
  • Provide staff support required to maintain the California International Relations Foundation (CIRF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation established by the Senate to assist in hosting substantive programs for international delegations visiting the Golden State.
  • Assist with Senate projects that further mutual cooperation and understanding, closer educational and cultural ties, and greater trade and investment opportunities between California and other nations. These projects include seminars, trade missions, sister state relationships, and other visitor and information exchange programs.