Important Announcement

Group and private classes are taught online until further notice. The Alliance office is virtual, and Kamm House is open only by appointment.
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About the Alliance Française de Portland

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Who We Are

The Alliance Française de Portland is a chartered member of an international non-profit organization founded in Paris in 1883 to promote French language and culture. Today, there are 1000 chapters in over 130 countries. Founded in 1933, the Portland chapter fell dormant during WWII, was reinstated in 1983, and was later chartered as a teaching Alliance. There are 114 Alliances in the US, and we are the only Alliance in Oregon.

Our Mission

The mission of the Alliance Française de Portland is to promote the French language and culture. We open new avenues of expression to our community of members.

Our Vision

Where Portland gathers to speak – and learn– French.


Executive Director
Sherry Charles
Director of Education and Culture
Elene Zedginidze
Office Manager
Rachele Avolio

Volunteer Staff

Sherri Roberts

Alliance Volunteer Board Officers and Members

President and Treasurer
Judy Kafoury
Lori Williams
Jim Anderson
Maxine Borcherding
James Brown
Jim Chapman
Sherri Roberts

Honorary Board of Directors

Claudine Fisher
Dominique Geulin
Susannah Mars
Merrill McPeak
Beverly Voytko
Linda Witt (President, Federation of Alliances Françaises; Executive Director Emerita)

We are an independently financed 501(c)(3) non-profit institution with a volunteer board of directors and are not financed by the French or any other government.

Teaching Staff

The Alliance hires teachers with FLE experience and CIEP/CECR C1/C2-level fluency in French. Candidates must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States and generally must be local recruits. The Alliance does not sponsor visas or provide relocation. Send employment inquiries to

Anti-discrimination statement: The Alliance does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation in any of its programs or activities.

The Alliance Française Network Worldwide

La Fondation Alliance Française - Paris

The Fondation Alliance Française, headquartered in Paris, directs the Alliance network worldwide. There are currently 834 Alliances in 132 countries.

Délégation Générale de l’Alliance Française – USA

Based in Washington DC, the Délégation supports the mission of the Fondation Alliance Française in the United States.

La Fédération des Alliances Françaises aux Etats-Unis

The Portland Alliance is a member of the nonprofit Federation, a network supporting the activities of the 114 chartered Alliances in the United States.

Parking Information

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot B at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

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The Alliance office is virtual
during the COVID pandemic.
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