French-American Foundation: Our Mission

Our mission

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.

The Foundation is best known for its signature Young Leaders program, which, since its founding in 1981, has built an enduring network of leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. The Foundation also addresses several current policy issues including: Media Practices, Social & Urban Policy, Foreign & Security Policy, and Arts & Letters.

Board of Directors

The Foundation’s board members bring special expertise from a broad range of sectors, including finance, government, law, military, manufacturing, academia, culture, and non-profit. Each one demonstrates a long-standing commitment to the French-American relationship.

Our Staff

Have a question or comment about one of our initiatives, events, or publications? Would you like to propose a partnership idea? Visit this page to get in touch with a specific staff member or to send a message via our contact form.


As France and the United States continue to play prominent roles in the global economy, diplomacy, and international governing bodies, the French-American Foundation serves as a forum for networking and discussing matters of relevance to the two countries.