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 two children.

Nathalie Bastin

– Director, Communications and Digital Programs

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Nathalie Bastin is the Director of Communications and Digital Programs at the French-American Foundation. 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

– Director, Programs and Operations

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Katie DeMallie joined the French-American Foundation in 2016 and currently serves as Director of Programs and Operations. In this role, she is responsible for the strategy, management, and execution of the Foundation’s programming. 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

– Program Manager / Special Assistant to the Executive Director

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Val Demuynck is a Program Manager and the Special Assistant to the Executive Director at the French-American Foundation. In this capacity, he manages the Foundation’s communications strategies and its Cyber Security Program and assists the Executive Director with development, administration, and outreach. Val has a BA from Wesleyan University, where he studied History, French Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.

Elizabeth McGehee

– Program Coordinator

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Elizabeth McGehee is a Program Coordinator at the French-American Foundation. While living in Paris from 2014-2019, she became involved in social impact work in and outside of France, and served as International Communications assistant for the Sciences Po Summer School. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked in outreach for the Future Leaders Foundation, a nonprofit that unites young leaders who pledge to enact positive global change. She holds a BA from the American University of Paris, where she studied Global Communications, Marketing, and Gender Theory.

Fany Robin

– Development & Finance Manager

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Fany Robin is the Development and Finance Manager at the French-American Foundation. She is an economist with experience in France and in the United States on public policy issues related to trade and foreign direct investment. Prior to moving to New York, Fany was Deputy Head of Economic Analysis at Business France in Paris and worked as Trade Policy Attaché at the French Embassy in Washington, DC. Fany holds a postgraduate degree in international economics from the Paris School of Economics.


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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