It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our esteemed board member Thierry Rautureau, on Sunday, October 29, 2023. Thierry was the Vice-President of the AFSeattle board, and was very involved with all facets of the Alliance’s activities. He served on the board for over 10 years and was universally loved for his presence, his contribution and his sense of humor. Thierry was a
prominent member of the Francophone community in Seattle and hosted the famous podcast “Hot Stove Radio” with Tom Douglas under his title
"The Chef in the Hat". This is a sad day for the Alliance community, the staff, and the board, and he will be very much missed. We
are all grieving this sudden loss, and we encourage you to take a moment to celebrate his legacy.
The Alliance Française de Seattle is delighted to announce the first steps of its return on-site. Starting April 27, our conversation events "Let's Talk" offer the opportunity to meet other French learners in person, at intermediate and advanced levels (B1+ to C1), for a fun and relaxed discussion moderated by an AFSeattle instructor.Read More…
Remise des Palmes académiques à Alexandra Dorca le 12 avril 2022
On April 12, 2022, we gathered for a very special ceremony as Alliance Française
de Seattle executive
director, Alexandra Dorca, received the insignia of Knight of the Order of the Academic Palms for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the French language and culture, awarded by Mr. Frédéric Jung, Consul General of France in San Francisco. Félicitations,
Le mardi 12 avril à Seattle, lors d’une très belle cérémonie, Alexandra Dorca, directrice de l’Alliance Française de Seattle,
a reçu l’insigne de chevalière de l’Ordre des Palmes académiques, décerné par M. Frédéric Jung, Consul
général de France à San Francisco.
Alexandra Dorca est ainsi honorée pour ses contributions exceptionnelles à la langue et à la culture françaises. Félicitations, Alexandra!
Otilia Baraboi to become the next Executive Director of AFSeattle
The Board of Directors is delighted to announce that a new executive director has been chosen to lead the Alliance Française de
Seattle: Otilia Baraboi will be taking over the duties of executive director of the Alliance Française de Seattle on June 1, 2022.
Otilia Baraboi joins the Alliance Française de Seattle with over ten years of experience in managing a successful cultural
and educational nonprofit organization in Seattle, as well as over eighteen years of experience in teaching French and developing curricula
for French language, literature, and culture.
Otilia holds an MA (2003) and a PhD (2010) in French Studies from the University of Washington, and a Master of Advanced Studies (DEA) in
French Literature from the University of Geneva (2004). In 2013, she co-founded the American Romanian Cultural Society and was president of the Board of Directors for five years before becoming its first executive director. There, she managed more than 300 cultural and
educational events over the past nine years. In addition to teaching, Otilia’s professional experience includes fundraising and community
outreach, leading events and strategic partnership, and building and fostering collaboration in the nonprofit sector. She has a vast
experience as a literary journalist and published short fiction, translations, and articles in French, English, and Romanian.
Her priorities to pursue excellence in French-language teaching and Francophone events, to create sustainable, community-building programs
and partnerships, as well as her ability to develop a nonprofit’s brand identity in accordance with its mission and values, are strong and
relevant skills that she brings into her new role at the Alliance Française de Seattle.
Executive Director Alexandra Dorca to leave her position at AFSeattle on May 31, 2022
The Alliance Française de Seattle Board of Directors announces, with a bittersweet mix of sadness and gratitude, that Alexandra Dorca will be leaving her position as Executive Director on May 31, 2022. Alexandra will be relocating from Seattle to follow her family’s move to
Alexandra joined AFSeattle as a French as a foreign language instructor in 2014 and was appointed by the board as our new executive director
in 2018, following Marie-Ange Wood’s retirement. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to lead our organization’s growth and change. In
particular, she designed and executed new strategic development plans, built new partnerships, and helped strengthen operational processes
and human resources, leading AFSeattle to its current outstanding position in the industry. She notably spearheaded our Alliance's smooth
and incredibly quick transition to a 100% online format at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. AFSeattle was the first one to do so in North
and South America. This enabled us to continue offering classes and keep a direct connection with our learners during unprecedented times. AFSeattle saw a 20% student increase in 2020 and experienced 44% more enrollments than in the pre-COVID year of 2019. Our Alliance is still
online almost two years later, and its community of French learners is stronger and more motivated than ever.
Alexandra leaves AFSeattle in a very solid position for continued growth. We cannot thank her enough for her contributions, accomplishments, and inspiring leadership during her time here. Her dedication, passion, and enthusiasm for AFSeattle’s mission have been an inspiration for
the board, for her team, and for the members of our community. We wish her the best of luck and opportunities in her future endeavors. Whatever organization she decides to join is a lucky one, and she will be dearly missed at AFSeattle.