June 05, 2023

Annual Gala


On June 5, 2023, join us at the Rainbow Room for an evening that celebrates the best of Franco-American friendship. We are delighted to welcome back friends and supporters to this year’s Gala, our premier fundraising event and a major source of support for the mission and work of the French-American Foundation. Please see below for details.

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We are proud to celebrate the following individuals for their exemplary leadership in their respective fields and for their contributions to the Franco-American relationship.

  • Dina Powell McCormick, Young Leader 2005
    Global Head of Sustainability & Inclusive Growth, Global Head of Sovereign Business, Goldman Sachs
  • Yves-André Istel
    Co-Founder, French-American Foundation; Senior Adviser, Hanseatic LLC; Formerly, Vice Chairman, Rothschild & Co.; Formerly, Deputy Chair, Richemont

About Dina Powell McCormick

Dina Powell McCormick is a member of the Management Committee at Goldman Sachs, where she serves as Global Head of Sovereign Institutional Business and as Global Head of Sustainability and Inclusive Growth, overseeing the firm’s commitment to climate transition and inclusive growth. This includes the firm’s One Million Black Women initiative, the largest investment aimed at narrowing opportunity gaps and advancing racial equity for black women.

Earlier in her career she led the firm’s Impact Investing Business, deploying market-based loans and equity to drive sustainable economic development and revitalize under-served communities. During this same period, she was also President of The Goldman Sachs Foundation, developing and overseeing two major initiatives to drive economic growth and opportunity — 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses — that successfully provided business education and capital to women and small businesses, respectively.

Dina has also served in senior ranks of the United States government across two administrations. Most recently, as the Deputy National Security Advisor and previously as Assistant Secretary of State and as a senior White House advisor to the President.

Dina is the Chair of the Robin Hood Foundation and is a proud board member of Mount Sinai, Lincoln Center, the National Geographic Society, and the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership.

About Yves-André Istel

Mr. Istel is in his seventh decade in finance/investment banking, and is currently a Senior Adviser to Hanseatic LLC. His career leadership roles include:  Vice Chairman of Rothschild & Co, 1993-2002, Senior Adviser and a member of its Global Advisory Compliance Committee; Chairman International, Wasserstein, Perella International 1988-92; Co-chair First Boston International 1984-88; and Managing Director, Executive Committee and Board Member, Lehman Brothers, 1978-84. In addition, Mr. Istel was for over 30 years a Director, then Deputy Chairman, of Richemont; and for 10 years a Director of Analog Devices.

He has always had wide interests beyond the business world, often with a French American focus. He was Chairman at NYU of both the French Center and the Remarque Institute. He is currently an active Director, and founder, of: the French-American Foundation; Action Against Hunger US, and Libraries without Borders US. He chairs the Fondation Saint John Perse. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Advisers, Innova Health Partners.

Mr. Istel earned a BA in economics from Princeton University where he is a member of the President’s Council.

He was awarded “Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur” and “Officier des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Government.


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