• Allan M. Chapin

    Allan Chapin - French American Foundation Chairman

    Allan M. 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, and subsequently a partner of Compass Partners Advisors, LLP. 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 1999, becoming Chairman of the Foundation in 2008. Mr. Chapin is also a Director of Fondation Claude Pompidou, a Trustee of Aperture Foundation and has served as a Director of many public and private companies in the United States and Europe. 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.

Executive Committee

Board of Directors

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

Honorary Directors

Directors Emeriti (non-voting members)

  • Paul Clemenceau
  • Catharine Hamilton
  • Jane Hartley
  • Leah Pisar

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