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 later chartered as a teaching Alliance. We currently rank 8th of the 114 Alliances in the U. S. and 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.

Alliance Board Officers and Members

Bev Voytko
Vice President
Jason Herzog
Judy Kafoury
Kathryn Mascorella
Leslie Averill
Jim Chapman
Kimberly Shute
François Wevers


Honorary Board of Directors

Linda Witt (Executive Director Emerita)
Claudine Fisher
Dominique Geulin
Susannah Mars
Merrill McPeak


Administrative Staff

Executive Director
Sherry Charles
School Director
Linda Fuchs
Creative Services Director
Elene Zedginidze
Newsletter Editor
Linda Witt (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 neither sponsors visas nor provides relocation. Send employment inquiries to info@afportland.org.

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.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00
Classes are held until 8:30
Saturday 9:30-1:00
or by appointment

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