About the Alliance Française de Portland
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.
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.
Where Portland gathers to speak – and learn– French.
- Executive Director
- Sherry Charles
- Director of Education and Culture
- Elene Zedginidze
- 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
- 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.
Honorary Board of Directors
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.