About the Alliance Française
Promoting knowledge and appreciation of the French language and Francophone cultures in New Orleans since 1984.
The Alliance Française of New Orleans, is one of the leading providers of French language and culture education in the New Orleans area. Governed by a local nonprofit board, The Alliance Francaise of New Orleans is a member of the international network of Alliance Française chapters. Founded in 1883 in Paris by a group of eminent thinkers, including the scientist Louis Pasteur, the diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps, the writers Jules Verne and Ernest Renan, and the publisher Armand Colin, the Alliance Française is the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world.
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Meet Our Staff
A native of France, Audrey fell in love with New Orleans during an amazing – and too short – trip in 2014. Before coming to New Orleans, she was a civil servant in France for more than 15 years, with roles in culture, education, languages and nonprofit organizations. Audrey is looking forward to promoting the French and francophone language and culture, for and with this warm and wonderful community.
Native New Orleanian and Tulane graduate, Melissa, has lived and worked in various countries including Japan, Switzerland, Mauritius, Italy, and settled in France for almost 15 years. Melissa is an entrepreneur with experience in a multitude of fields ranging from Medical Administration, Marketing, and IT Project Management Consulting to International Spa Consulting. Melissa maintains a long distance love affair with France and her heart remains eternally split between New Orleans and Paris.
Originally from Oregon, Rachel spent 8 years based in Nashville, TN touring the US as a guitarist and working in studios, after which she shifted her focus to web design and worked while traveling in Canada and Europe, eventually landing in New Orleans. Rachel started learning French at the AFNO shortly after her arrival and took the opportunity to join the team officially in 2017. Rachel’s interests include geeking out over French grammar, 70’s rock and roll, and burritos.
AFNO Board of Directors
Pamela Pryor Bonner
Marianne Everard Burns
Jennie Westerman Diemont
Dessa Rutter Griffin
Annie Orillac Thibodeaux
Christine R. LeBlanc
E. Alexandra Stafford
Julia Ingraham Walker