FIAF Executive Team
Tatyana Franck became President of FIAF on March 1, 2022, and was excitedly welcomed by the Board of Trustees and the FIAF team for her strong leadership, global strategic vision, and participatory management style which will help grow the institution into an international leader in French education and francophone culture in the new digital landscape.
Franck was previously the Director of the Museum Photo Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland for seven years, where she oversaw a critically acclaimed $108M new construction. She also enriched the museum’s collections, formed exciting new partnerships for local and community engagement, and implemented a new digital strategy to expand the museum’s international reach. Before Photo Elysée, Franck was Director of the Claude Picasso Archives in Paris and Geneva, and oversaw many important collections including of modern and contemporary art, design, and the David Douglas Duncan photographic Archives. Franck attended Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA Program in Asia, London and NYC; after receiving an MA in Business Law and a double major in Law and Art History & Archeology from the Université Paris – Panthéon/Sorbonne.
Franck is involved in the cultural policy of several renowned institutions and holds various honorary positions in France, Switzerland and abroad. Franck currently sits on several boards, including the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris (Treasurer), Fondation Art Explora in Paris, and Fondation du Jeu de Paume in Paris. She is also the respected curator of numerous international exhibitions including Jan Groover: Laboratory of Forms; Charlie Chaplin: A Vision; Hybrids – The Body as the Imaginary; The Beauty of Lines: Masterpieces from the Gilman and Gonzales-Falla Collection; Nicolas Savary: Conquistador; Unfamiliar Familiarities: Outside Views on Switzerland; The Memory of the Future: Photographic Dialogues between Past, Present and Future; Picasso at Work, Through the Lens of David Douglas Duncan; and La Part Animale.
Director of Cultural Programming
Mathilde Augé joined FIAF in 2017. Working closely with FIAF’s President Marie-Monique Steckel, she supervised the rebrand and relaunch of FIAF:Talks including a new series of Art de Vivre talks. Over Covid, she took over cultural programs and the artistic department and shepherded FIAF’s transition into online and hybrid events, reaching audiences across the country thanks to virtual talks with personalities and international partnerships. Before moving to New York, Mathilde was based in Paris where she worked in publishing houses (Autrement, Presses Universitaires de France, Gallimard). A former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Mathilde has a master’s in art history from the University Panthéon Sorbonne and a master’s in management from HEC Paris.
Senior Director of Development and Strategy
Catherine Baumann joined the Development Team at FIAF in 2014 and oversees fundraising activities for the organization. Before moving to New York, Catherine was based in France, where for over ten years she worked in the non-profit cultural sector. She led two service organizations representing the performing arts sector in France and Europe, where she developed national and international advocacy campaigns for the arts, and managed labor negotiations and funding matters on behalf of cultural institutions. She holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in arts management from l ’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Director of Sales & Special Operations
Ben Blanc joined FIAF in April 2019 and is responsible for the rental of FIAF’s state-of-the-art venues as well as managing the events team. Ben also oversees the IT Department and spearheaded the institution’s technical transformation which included a new livestream system. A native of Paris, France, Ben has a diverse educational background, having graduated high school in Massachusetts and studying in Indiana while completing a Master of Science in Management at Audencia School of Management in France. Ben has more than a decade of experience in Marketing and Project Management, as well as Production.
Vice President, Education
Edith Boncompain joined FIAF in 2014 as Deputy VP of Education. In 2015, she became the VP of Education. Edith has more than a decade of teaching experience both in Paris and the United States. From 2012 to 2014, she was the principal of a French bilingual charter school in Harlem. Previously, she taught in two French-American private schools in New York. Originally from Lyon, she studied English language arts at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon III. She has been living in New York since 2006.
Director of FIAF Montclair
Marie-Catherine Glaser joined FIAF in 2013 and led as the director of the New York Language Center for two years. In 2015, she became the director of FIAF Montclair. From 2009 to 2013, she led educational programs at the Embassy of France in Washington DC for the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Previously, she worked in the Czech Republic, Russia, China and Latvia where she held positions in education and in cultural organizations including Centre culturel française and the Alliance Française. Originally from Marseilles, she studied French and comparative literature at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon and pursued a specialization in teaching French as a foreign language at the Institut de recherche et de formation en français langue étrangère of the Université de Nantes.
Marguerite Nougue-Sans was invited by Marie-Monique Steckel to join the FIAF team in 2005 as Legal Counsel. She holds a “Maîtrise de Droit” and a “DEA” in Political Science from the University of Paris II/Assas and Paris I/Pantheon respectively. She came to NYC to obtain an LLM from New York University and has been an Attorney, member of the New York Bar since 1985. She first worked as an associate for a small NYC law firm servicing Swiss and French clients doing business in the U.S. and later became Assistant General Counsel for The North American Watch Corporation. In 1993, she started to work as Associate Attorney in the NYC office of a French law firm for over 10 years. Her clients included small and medium size French entities and businesses setting up and doing business in NYC. She has been very happy to work pro bono at FIAF and rekindle there her interest in French Culture.
Delphine Selles-Alvarez joined FIAF as Film curator in 2013 and oversees the institution’s film program, including CinéSalon, its flagship film series. She has programmed the first US retrospectives of such luminaries as Mathieu Amalric, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche and Caroline Champetier. In 2018 she helped launch Animation First, FIAF’s annual French animation festival, and serves as its co-curator. Prior to joining FIAF, Delphine was the Film Program Officer at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy (now Villa Albertine). A native of France, Delphine has lived in the US for over 30 years and has championed French and Francophone cinema for the past 20 years.
CFO & Vice President of Finance & Administration
Julie Jurjans Steckel is FIAF’s CFO and Vice President of Finance & Administration. Julie has an extensive background in finance, including previous roles as the CFO of two for-profit companies. As the CFO of BMRA (a DC area government contractor) she helped turn the organization from many years of losses to three straight years of profitability under her financial guidance. In addition to her corporate experience, Julie spent several years working on Wall Street at UBS and HSBC where she was largely responsible for originating and executing merger & acquisition transactions for clients in a variety of industries, and she also has experience executing equity and high yield offerings. Julie has a MBA from The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and an undergraduate degree in finance from James Madison University where she graduated magna cum laude.
Sarah Zafrani Sidi
Sarah Zafrani Sidi joined FIAF in 2018 as Director of Human resources where she oversees recruiting, benefits, and employee compensation. Sarah previously worked as an attorney for two major law firms in France and in Boston. Born and raised in Paris, France in a Franco-American family, Sarah holds a JD from Universite Paris II and a Master’s degree in employment, labor law and human resources from Universite Paris XIII and a LL.M degree in American Law from Boston University. A former attorney in Labor and Employment law, Sarah worked as HR both in Paris and New York.
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Suzanne Zudick joined FIAF in March 2022, overseeing marketing strategy, content development, and communications. Prior to FIAF, Suzanne was the Executive Director of Content & Strategy at Meredith Corporation. With a decade of experience in the media industry, she has developed extensive expertise in cross-platform marketing and communications, across television, print, digital, and social media. In addition to her media career, Suzanne is a life-long Francophile, with a passion for the beauty of the French language. A native New Yorker, Suzanne’s experience includes a degree in International Business, two cumulative years studying and working abroad (in Aix-en-Provence, Paris, and Périgueux), and fluency in French (although she considers herself a life-long student!). She is delighted to be part of the FIAF team and to use her experience to promote the richness and diversity of French language and francophone cultures.