• 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

Executive Committee

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
Carol Bellamy
Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne
George Brokaw
Fred Chesnais
Paul B. Clemenceau
Michel David-Weill
Charles Ferguson
Emma Fuerst-Frelinghuysen
James Finkel
Julia Fromholz
Fatima Hadj
Scott Handler
Maya Kalieva Henry
Reuben Jeffery, III
Roy Kabla
Christophe Navarre
Clare O’Brien
Alain Papiasse
Ina Popova
Frédéric Rozé
Siddhartha Shukla
Cynthia Smith
Alexandra Soto
Craig R. Stapleton
Michael Tenenbaum
John A. Thain
David Thoms
Robert C. Treuhold

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.

Conflict of Interest Policy for Board of Directors