Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs
The Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs (HOPIA) is a division of the City of Houston Mayor's Office and serves as the office of protocol for the City of Houston. HOPIA serves the Mayor and the City Council as an advisor on international affairs and protocol and assists the Mayor and other city officials in their interactions with international dignitaries. HOPIA is the city's official liaison to Houston's Consular Corps and advises the corporate community and the general public on matters of protocol, cross-cultural relations, international affairs, etiquette and event planning.
As the City of Houston's office of protocol, HOPIA functions as:
- The city's official host to visiting international government dignitaries.
- The city's official liaison to Houston's Consular Corps.
- An advisor to the Mayor, city officials, and citizens on international issues and protocol and provides flags for international events.
- The city's liaison to Houston's sister cities.
- The coordinator of Houston's Partners Agreements with international cities.
Learn at Lunch Series
Learn at Lunch is an opportunity to spend an enriching lunch hour getting to know about the multicultural aspects of our city and develop connections with Houston’s consular corps and staff.
Some examples of past programs have included a Japanese tea ceremony, Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, a Journey through Senegal and Denmark Today.
The series is hosted by the Houston Office of Protocol & International Affairs and the Visitors Center.
The Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs is the city's liaison to Houston's sister city associations and to the national governing organization, Sister Cities International and the local Sister Cities of Houston.
Through their official city-to-city relationships, these volunteer associations promote people-to-people diplomacy and encourage citizens to develop mutual trust and understanding through commercial, cultural, educational, and humanitarian exchanges.
With 92 consulates in the area, the Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs works to advise and assist consular officials in their interactions with the Houston community. Our involvement encompasses a wide range of activities, from supplying newcomers with information about Houston to working with the State Department on credentials and security issues, all with the goal of making the Houston tenure of these officials as productive and pleasant as possible.
Houston Office of Protocol & International Affairs
Deanea LeFlore, Executive Director
Niké Luqman, Senior Protocol and Community Outreach Manager
Ines Sigel, Senior Protocol and International Affairs Manager
Jose Elizalde, Protocol and Administrative Manager
Tomiko Olah, Protocol Manager and Sister Cities Coordinator
City Hall, First Floor
Houston, Texas 77002