Meet the team!
– Executive Director
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.
– Program Director
Nathalie Bastin is a Program Director 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.
– Program Director
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.
– Program Manager / Special Assistant to the Executive Director
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.
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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