• Allan M. Chapin

    Allan Chapin - French American Foundation Chairman

    Allan Chapin is a Partner of Compass Partners Advisers, LLP, a strategic financial advisory firm based in New York. Mr. Chapin began his career as a lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell, where he became a Partner in 1976. He was a resident of their Paris office for several years and served as head of Sullivan & Cromwell’s European operations. He then became a Managing Director of Lazard Frères & Co. LLC. Throughout his career, Mr. Chapin has represented sovereign governments, agencies, investment and merchant banks, insurance companies, a wide array of industrial private sector companies, and many foreign investors, both individuals and corporations.

    Mr. Chapin has served as a Director of the French-American Foundation since 1989, becoming Chairman of the Foundation in 2008. Mr. Chapin is also a Director of Fondation Claude Pompidou and has served as a director of many public and private companies. Mr. Chapin received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his LLB from Yale Law School. He served in the United States Marine Corps.

Vice Chairman

  • Edward C. Wallace

Edward C. Wallace serves as Co-Chairman of the firm’s New York office. Ed has significant experience in law, business, and government. He is a trusted advisor to companies doing business with government. He serves as outside counsel to JCDecaux North America. Prior to entering the private sector as a Vice President at Boston Properties, he served as City Council Member-at-Large (Manhattan) and then Chief of Staff to the New York City Council President. Ed received his J.D. from Fordham School of Law and his A.B. from Columbia College, Columbia                                       University in the City of New York.

Honorary Co-Chairman

  • James G. Lowenstein – Co-founder of the French-American Foundation

    James G. Lowenstein - French American Foundation Vice Chairman

    Began government career at the Marshall Plan in Paris 1952-3. Naval officer Sixth Fleet and Naval War College staff 1952-55. Commissioned Foreign Service Officer 1956 and served successively at the State Department, American Embassies in Colombo and Belgrade, Staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs and Ambassador to Luxembourg. Officer of the Order of the Legion of Honor.

    Former board member Refugees International, School of Advanced International Studies, the Ukraine Fund (Chairman), various other investment funds, volunteer senior elections adviser to head of OSCE Mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina 1996-7. Chairman, Advisory Council, the American Library in Paris. Member Council on Foreign Relations, IISS, IFRI. Co-founder (with the late Professor Nicholas Wahl) of the French American Foundation in New York and Paris. B.A. Yale.

Honorary Co-Chairman

  • Francois Bujon de L’Estang

Mr. Bujon de l’Estang is a career diplomat who served as diplomatic and defense adviser to former French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac (1986-1988) as well as French ambassador to all three North American countries: Mexico (1986), Canada (1989-1991) and the United States (1995-2002). He is Officer of the Order of the Legion of Honor and Commander of the National Order of Merit. He was elevated by the French government to the rank of ambassador of France in 1999. Mr. Bujon de l’Estang also has extensive business experience. He was chairman of Citi France and a member of Citi’s International and European Advisory Boards, then served as senior international advisor of Citi (2003-2012). He served as a senior executive at the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique and as president and CEO of the French nuclear fuel cycle company Cogema Inc. (now merged into Areva) in the United States, and as a director on several French and American corporate boards. He is the founder and president of FBE International Consultants in Paris, a consulting company specialized in international strategies that he created in 1993. Mr. Bujon de l’Estang is a graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Executive Committee

  • Gary M. Cole

    Gary Cole - French American Foundation - Executive Committee

    Mr. Gary Cole is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Antares International Partners, Inc., a boutique investment bank with offices in San Francisco and Paris. He has over 30 years of experience in all areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

    Prior to founding Antares, Mr. Cole was a Managing Director and a Member of the Management Committee of Peers & Co., an international investment banking boutique. Mr. Cole’s prior professional experience includes BNP Paribas, Merrill Lynch & Co., Becker Paribas and E.F. Hutton & Company.

    Mr. Cole is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the French-American Foundation – United States, a member of the Board of Directors of the French-American Foundation – France, and a member of the Cercle de l’Union Interalliee in Paris. Mr. Cole is also on the Board of Advisors for the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking at the Wisconsin School of Business. Mr. Cole is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin School of Business, and the University of Denver Law Center.

  • Yves-André Istel

    Mr. Istel graduated in economics from Princeton University and has had an extensive career in investment banking.
    He is currently Senior Advisor to Rothschild Global Financial Advisory and a member of its Global Financial Advisory Compliance Committee.  He is Consultant to Compagnie Financière Richemont SA. (formerly Deputy Chairman).  He is a member of Tiedemann Wealth Board of Managers, and a member of its Investment Committee.  He is a member of HealthpointCapital Board of Managers.

    Previously, he was Managing Director and a member of the board of Lehman Brothers from 1977 to 1983; Co-Chairman of First Boston International from 1984 to 1988; Chairman of Wasserstein Perella & Co International from 1988 to 1992; and Vice Chairman of Rothschild Inc. from 1993 to 2002.

    In addition, he is Honorary Chairman of:  The European Institute.  He is Chairman of the Fondation Saint-John Perse.  He is also a member of the board of:  French-American Foundation; the Center for French Civilization and Culture, New York University (Chair until 2017); and Action Against Hunger, USA, as well as Chair of its Audit Committee.  He is a member of:  the Council on Foreign Relations; and The Bretton Woods Committee.
    Mr. Istel was awarded the “Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur” and “Officier des Arts et de Lettres”.

  • François Pagès

    Francois is Managing Partner & CEO of Galileo Global Securities, a cross-border investment bank focused on the Private Markets; he is a private investor in several technology related emerging companies in the US, France, China and Japan.
    While in New-York since 1999, his senior management postings with large French International Banks led him to live 12 years in Asia (Tokyo, Singapore & Beijing) after his debut in Europe (Paris & London).
    He graduated from ESSEC (France) with a Master degree and from Inalco (France) with a degree in Mandarin. An avid skier and lover of outdoor (mountaineering, hiking).
    Francois is a dual citizen US & French, happily married with Catherine; they have three grown-ups who are spread between Los Angeles, London and Amsterdam.

  • Douglas M. Price

    A member of the 1974 PLC class and a 1978 graduate of the University of Colorado, Doug Price became president of the FirstBank of Boulder in 1982. Price was promoted to president of FirstBank of Denver in 1988 and retired in 1999 as president of FirstBank of Colorado, the lead bank in the then $4 billion FirstBank Holding Company one of America’s largest employee owned companies.

    In 1995, Price became the co-founder and innovator of what was to become Qualistar Early Learning. That organization created, validated and patented the Quality Ratings Improvement System, the core principles of which have become the foundation of accountability systems for early learning governance in over 40 states.  During the Bush administration in 2006 and 2007, Price worked on the bipartisan Health Care Task Force of the Committee for Economic Development  in Washington, D.C.  Several of the recommendations made by the working group were adopted as part of the Affordable Care Act.

    In 2009, Price became the Chief Executive Officer for Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS), growing income from 9 to 17 million dollars and membership from 43,000 to over 76,000, making RMPBS the largest membership organization in the state of Colorado.  During that tenure he was awarded three Emmys for projects that examined the plight of disadvantaged populations and women in our culture and economy.

    In 2016, Price became the founder, majority shareholder and chairman of CSBO Holdings Inc., the parent company of Citizens State Bank where he also serves on the board. Doug is a fifth generation Coloradan, raised in Colorado and France and is proud to have served on the French-American Foundation Executive Committee in New York City since 2004.

  • Clyde E. Rankin, III

    Clyde E. Rankin III is a partner based in the New York office and a member of Baker McKenzie’s North America Banking, Finance and Major Projects Practice Group. He is also chair of the Global Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Practice. He has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America and a New York Metro Super Lawyer from 2006 to 2016, and was highlighted in Legal 500 US for his work as an adviser to sponsors in project finance and renewable energy. Prior to joining the Firm in 2005, Mr. Rankin served as the ninth chairman of a New York-based law firm.

  • Cynthia Smith

Cynthia is a biopharmaceutical board member and advisor with 20 years of experience leading healthcare companies through complex transformations.  Cynthia is on the board of directors of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Akebia Therapeutics, and Spero Therapeutics.  She has served on the board of the French American Foundation since 2018.

Cynthia was Chief Commercial Officer of ZS Pharma, a biotechnology start-up. She led the company’s transition from R&D to product commercialization and played a key role in its successful IPO and $2.7 billion acquisition by AstraZeneca. Prior to joining ZS Pharma, Cynthia held leadership roles at Affymax, Inc. and Merck & Co. Before joining the pharmaceutical industry, Cynthia served on the health care policy team of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Cynthia has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Public Policy from the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University, and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • G. Richard Thoman

Richard Thoman is the managing partner of Corporate Perspectives, a New York corporate strategy advisory and investing firm. He is an adjunct professor of international business at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a professor of practice at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is also a visiting professor and leader in residence at CEIBS, the leading Chinese business school. Dr. Thoman serves on a number of business and educational boards, such as Schneider Electric; the French American Foundation; the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (where he is chairman); Principal’s International Advisory Board, McGill University; the Americas Society; the Council of the Americas; McGill University School of Management; Insead International Council; the Committee for Economic Development; and the Graduate Institute of International Studies. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.

  • Antonio Weiss

Antonio Weiss is currently a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center. He served until January, 2017 as Counselor to the Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury, where he worked on domestic and international issues related to financial markets, regulatory reform, housing, consumer finance, and broad-based economic growth. He served as point-person during the Obama Administration on the debt crisis in Puerto Rico, working closely with members of Congress to pass legislation to allow an orderly restructuring of the Commonwealth’s debt. Prior to joining Treasury, Mr. Weiss served in various leadership roles at Lazard in New York and Europe, including as Global Head of Investment Banking. Mr. Weiss is a Director of The Volcker Alliance, a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was Publisher of the leading literary quarterly, The Paris Review. Mr. Weiss earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale College and M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and Loeb Fellow.

Honorary Board

François Bujon de l’Estang
James G. Lowenstein


*There is no distinction between the Board Members below. The ones in bold and underlined are those who shared their biographies.

Gina Adams
Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne
George Brokaw
Matthieu Bucaille
Allan M. Chapin
Fred Chesnais
Paul B. Clemenceau
Gary M. Cole
Michel David-Weill
Anne Dias
Charles Ferguson
Emma Fuerst-Frelinghuysen
James Finkel
Julia Fromholz
Fatima Hadj
Scott Handler
Maya Kalieva Henry
Yves-André Istel
Reuben Jeffery, III
Roy Kabla
Franck Moison
Christophe Navarre
Clare O’Brien
François Pagès
Douglas Price
Alain Papiasse
Ina Popova
Clyde E. Rankin, III
Frédéric Rozé
Siddhartha Shukla
Cynthia Smith
Alexandra Soto
Craig R. Stapleton
Michael Tenenbaum
John A. Thain
G. Richard Thoman
David Thoms
Robert C. Treuhold
Edward C. Wallace
Antonio Weiss

Advisory Board (non-voting members)

Jean-Luc Allavena
Bertrand Badré
Adam Gopnik
Joanne Lyman
Leah Pisar
Robin (Pringle) Hickenlooper
Jane D. Hartley
Arnaud de Puyfontaine
Marie-Monique Steckel
Antoine G. Treuille
Catharine Hamilton


The French-American Foundation extends a special thanks to Greenberg Traurig, LLP for their generous Counsel and support.

Documents & Financial Statements

Conflict of Interest Policy for Board of Directors