Meet the team !

Emeline Foster

– Executive Director

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Emeline Foster is the Executive Director of The French-American Foundation. As a native of Bordeaux, France, Emeline first worked as a parliamentary assistant for a member of the Assemblée Nationale and for other French politicians in Paris. Moving to New York in 2011, Emeline became the Chief of Staff to the Consul General of France, a position she held for four years. Emeline studied Law and Political Science and holds a Master’s degree in Etudes Politiques from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. She lives in New York with her husband and five-year-old daughter.

Dana Arifi

– Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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Dana Arifi, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has worked at the French-American Foundation since 1988. During this time, she has participated in program implementation, funding, and outreach. Her primary responsibilities, however, have been in the areas of administration, finance, and human resources. Prior to her tenure at the Foundation, Dana co-founded and managed an antiques and interior design retail business in Greenwich, CT and headed the U.S. office of ADERLY-Lyon, the Lyon Area Economic Development Agency. Dana earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in Art History, French, and Italian from Smith College.

Nathalie Bastin

– Director of Global Communications and Media Programs

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Nathalie Bastin is the Director of Global Communications and Media Programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Nathalie was the Head of Press and Communications Department at the Consulate General of France in Boston. She also worked in the Political Affairs Department of the Belgian Embassy in Australia and for the United Nations Regional Information Centre in Brussels. Nathalie holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Arts in Journalism from Université de Louvain in Belgium.

Katie DeMallie

– Program Director

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Katie DeMallie is a Program Director at the French-American Foundation and is primarily responsible for the Young Leaders program and the Translation Prize. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked in communications at Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national impact investing institution. She has a background in public policy and development, having also held roles at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation. Katie has a Dual Degree MPA from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics as well as a BA from Vassar College.

Val Demuynck

– Special Assistant to the Executive Director / Program Coordinator

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Val Demuynck is the Special Assistant to the Executive Director and a Program Coordinator at the French-American Foundation. In this capacity, he supports the development, management, and communications efforts of the Foundation and its program initiatives. His background includes work in international education and immigration-related programs. Val has a BA from Wesleyan University, where he studied History, French Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.

Irene Savvas

– Program Director

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Irene Savvas is a Program Director of the French-American Foundation. She is responsible for the Transatlantic Forum, the newest initiative of the Foundation, and the monthly policy breakfasts. She rejoined the French-American Foundation in May 2013 as Chief Leadership Development Officer responsible for directing the Foundation’s signature Young Leaders program. Irene holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Mills College and a bachelor’s degree in Western European Studies from the University of Connecticut. As a postgraduate, she studied Art History at the Université Paris IV Paris-Sorbonne. She speaks and writes five languages.

Please note that the French-American Foundation is an operating foundation which funds its activities by seeking contributions and grants from outside sources. The French-American Foundation is not a grant-making organization.

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