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Dear Friends, Partners, and Community Members of the Alliance Française de Seattle:

Following the recent announcement of Alexandra Dorca's upcoming relocation to Europe and departure from the Alliance Française de Seattle, the Board of Directors underwent a scrupulous recruiting process. Upon receiving a number of excellent applications for the position, the Board and its recruiting committee met with several outstanding candidates.

Today, 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.

The Board of Directors, along with the team of the Alliance Française de Seattle, is looking forward to this new chapter together. Discover who our new director is below.

Thank you to our staff, instructors, learners, partners, and community members for supporting us in this exciting transition.


Read the announcement regarding current executive director Alexandra Dorca's departure from Seattle to relocate to Europe with her family.


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.

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