French-American Foundation announces the appointment of its new President, Caroline Naralasetty
April 21, 2021
New York – The French-American Foundation announced the appointment today of its new President, Caroline Naralasetty. As the leading non-governmental organization linking the United States and France, the Foundation plays a central role in promoting transatlantic relations in the areas of government, business, public policy, and culture.
A highly regarded leader in the not-for-profit community, Ms. Naralasetty joins the Foundation following a successful tenure at the Lycée Français de New York — which she attended — where she served as Director of Development since 2017. While at the Lycée, she expanded the renowned school’s fundraising activities, resulting in a significant increase in contributions, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to working at the Lycée, she served as Corporate Vice President at fundraising consultancy CCS, where she counseled clients including Carnegie Hall, the Spence School, Pace University and Columbia Business School.
Ms. Naralasetty received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from Stanford University, a Masters of Arts Degree from New York University’s Institute of French Studies and a Master of Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Caroline succeeds outgoing Executive Director Emeline Foster who served the Foundation for four and a half years. “Emeline played a central role in running and enhancing the Foundation’s Young Leaders program, our annual International Cyber Security Conference, and our Translation Prize program. She also created important new programs, such as the popular Transatlantic Forum, a monthly meeting between French and American professionals. We are grateful for her extraordinary accomplishments including her building a strong team of professionals who continue FAF’s work,” said French-American Foundation Chairman Allan Chapin.
Chairman Chapin added, “We are delighted to have Caroline join the Foundation and look forward to benefiting from her world-class experience as a leader and fundraiser. Her selection from a group of highly qualified candidates was the result of an international search led by Pamela Bol Riess of PBR Executive Search in partnership with the executive committee of the board of directors of FAF. While the competition was strong, Caroline stood out as the best possible choice. She brings a wealth of unparalleled achievement and experience to the Foundation.”
Ms. Naralasetty said, “I am delighted to be joining the French-American Foundation as we look toward its 50th anniversary in 2026. The Foundation’s innovative programs and extensive web of relationships on both sides of the Atlantic play a critical role in strengthening the essential French-American relationship. I am honored to be part of this important work.”
About the French-American Foundation
Founded in 1976 and building on more than two centuries of shared ideals between France and the United States, the French-American Foundation—United States works to enrich a transatlantic relationship that is essential in today’s world. With its sister foundation, the French-American Foundation – France, the Foundation brings together leaders, policymakers, and a wide range of professionals to exchange views and share experiences in areas of mutual concern for mutual benefit.
To accomplish these objectives, the Foundation arranges a wide variety of programs, including Policy Breakfasts, a Transatlantic Forum, the Translation Prize, and its principal Young Leaders program, designed to bring together highly talented young professionals in order to explore and share innovative practices from both societies.