Administrator and Founder

Jean-Jacques de Saint Andrieu

Jean-Jacques de Saint-Andrieu.

Né à Pierrefonds les Bains au pied du château, restauré par l’architecte Violet le Duc, sous Napoléon III, je quittais la France avec ma famille et mes 3 enfants à bord du paquebot SS France le 9 avril 1965 pour New-York City.

Je rejoignais la compagnie Air France dans le département commercial et terminais ma carrière après 45 ans comme Assistant du directeur général, Affaires commerciales.

Avant de prendre ma retraite, j’ai eu l’occasion de m’engager auprès de la communauté française telle :l’union des Français de l’Étranger, l’Entraide Française, président d’honneur, le comité des associations françaises, président d’honneur, le Paris American Club, Vice-président, et fondateur et président d’honneur de la société américaine de l’Ordre du Mérite National (français).

Décorations :

  • Chevalier dans l’Ordre du Mérite National
  • Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur

Médailles :  

  • médaille d’honneur de la Fondation Ellis Island
  • médaille d’honneur « grand or » du travail
  • médaille de l’Aéronautique
  • médaille d’honneur d’Air France pour 45 ans de service
  • médaille d’honneur du Comité des Associations de Langue Française


Patrick Pagni

Patrick Pagni is Chairman of Lexington Global Distribution Partners, a company he co-founded to distribute US and European asset managers in the US offshore market.

Patrick was Senior Regional Officer for North America of Amundi Asset Management from 2010 until 2017.

Prior to this, Patrick Pagni spent most of his career at Société Générale (SG), first in corporate banking and then in asset management. He was in charge of the western US from 1981 to 1984, head of the Hong Kong operations between 1984 and 1988, CEO of SG’s brokerage business in the UK (1988-1992) and senior country head for the UK between 1992 and 1998. Upon his return to France in 1999, he became chief strategic officer of SG Corporate and Investment Banking operations, then joined SG Asset Management (SGAM). He negotiated the acquisition of Trust Company of the West of which he became an executive vice president upon his relocation to the US in 2001. When SGAM was merged with Credit Agricole Asset Management to create Amundi, he took the position of Senior Regional Officer for North America for Amundi.

Other activities:

  • Président de l’ASSACT SG (Association des salariés et anciens salariés de la Société Générale) since 2015.
  • Member of the Conseil Fédéral of FAS (Fédération des Actionnaires Salariés).
  • Chairman of the board of trustees of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) Foundation & Paris-Dauphine Foundation.


  • Maîtrise de Sciences de Gestion, Paris-Dauphine University.
  • MBA, Harvard Business School.


  • Officier de la Légion d‘Honneur.
  • Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite.

Personal hobby: wildlife photography


Marc-André Poirier

Marc-André Poirier has been the CEO/Senior Regional Officer for Crédit Agricole CIB Americas headquartered in New York since 2016. Prior to this, Marc-André held several management positions in the Asia-Pacific region.

One of Marc-André’s key focuses throughout his career has been the promotion of French education and fundraising for French international schools abroad, especially in Seoul and Toyko. In Tokyo, he led a campaign that generated $22M. He has served on the Board of Directors for the French Institute Alliance Française and New York University – La Maison Française in New York. He is also a sponsor of the French American School of New York and Lycée Français de New York.


  • Chevalier de la Légion d‘Honneur
  • Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite


Gérard Epelbaum

Dr Gérard Epelbaum

Médecin Stomatologiste – Chirurgien Dentiste installé à New York.
« Associate Clinical Professor » à l’Université de New York.
Diplômé de la Faculté de Médecine de Paris avec un Certificat d’Etude Spéciale de Stomatologie de l’Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière-Paris.
« New York Academy of Medicine : Fellow ».

Docteur en Chirurgie Dentaire de l’Université De Columbia avec un Certificat en Parodontologie.
Il a aussi un Diplôme d’Expertise Médico-Légale de l’Université de Paris.
Il a été «  Assistant Clinical Professor » à l’école dentaire de Columbia University et a exercé au sein de l’Hôpital Presbytérian.
Il a un Certificat d’« Executive management Program » de L’Université Northwestern, Kellogg School of Business.

Dr Gérard Epelbaum est Président Du Comité des Associations Françaises et de langue française depuis 2011.
Il est Président de l’Union des Français de l’Etranger de New York (UFE-NY) depuis 2012.
Il a été Vice Président de l’Entraide Française de 2008 à 2015.

Conseiller Consulaire puis Conseiller des Français de l’étranger de NY, NJ, CT et les Bermudes depuis le 24 mai 2014.

Actuellement Président du Conseil Consulaire NY, NJ, CT et les Bermudes.

Décoration : Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite.
Médaille : Médaille d’honneur du Comité des Associations Françaises et de langue française.


Anne de Louvigny

Anne de Louvigny Stone,

I am a Senior Vice President, International Wealth Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. My team is based in New York and services corporate executives and business owners, predominantly of European origin.
Areas of focus include concentrated stock positions, company stock options, multi currency accounts, cross border generational planning, pre-emigration planning, philanthropic planning and retirement services.

Prior to joining Merrill in 2000, I worked four years at American Express in New York, where I held several executive positions including Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategic Planning for the Foreign Exchange Services Division.
Prior to American Express I served three years at Eco-Emballages, in Paris, as Head of Strategic Planning, and five years at Bain & Co. in London and Paris where I specialized in serving the Private Equity Industry.

I was born in France. I graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales, with an MBA in Finance and Foreign Affairs and from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris with a Master in Political Sciences.

I am President of the Association des Amis des Grandes Écoles de France, Director of Friends of IHES Inc., Director of ESSEC Business School Alumni Association in the USA, and a former Director of the Association of Science Po Alumni Inc.

In 2010, I received the Medal of Chevalier (Knight) in the French National Order of Merit, an Order of State awarded by the President of France.


Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

  • International Wealth Management Advisor, Senior Vice President
  • May 2000 – Present (21 years 11 months)

American Express Foreign Exchange

  • Vice President of Global Marketing
  • September 1996 – May 2000 (3 years 9 months)


  • Head of Strategic Planning
  • August 1993 – July 1996 (3 years)

Bouygues Communication, TF1

  • Director, Strategic Planning and M&A
  • July 1991 – August 1993 (2 years 2 months)

Bain & Company

  • Senior Consultant
  • April 1986 – June 1991 (5 years 3 months)


  • Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
  • International diploma · (1983 – 1985)
  • ESSEC Business School
  • International diploma · (1980 – 1983)


Simone Galton

Simone Galton,

Born in Dinard ,where I went to school ,I spent my youthfulness in Mont Saint Michel. Having a passion for foreign languages ,I decided to travel and chose to do internships First in England ,in Spain , and in Germany.

After returning to France ,I began a carrer at the well-known French Department store  Le Printemps in Paris as an interpreter . The following year , the company sent me to run the store on board of the SS France where I remained until 1964 .

I returned to Mont-Saint -MICHEL and staid with my father the Mayor , and help to Organize the Millenium. Then in 1966 , I decided to come in the United States working this time for Air France.  I started as a receptionist, but soon rose though the ranks to become Manager of Air France VIP services , a key role during the Concorde years and the company ‘s Most successful era.

In 2001 I was awarded the Medal of Chevalier of the National Order du Merit for my contributions Franco-American relations within Air France ,and particularly for my role in the VIP services of the company.

In 2005 , after 39 years at Air France , I took my retirement, but decided to remain in this country to keep contributing to Franco-American relations, and have since become involved in many associations. I first joined L’Entraide Française under Michelle Altier. I also was involved with The French American Aid for Children, The American Friends of Blerancourt, The Saxophone Project ,and everyone who needed help. I am also the treasurer of The American Society of the French Order of Merit


Nancy Newhouse

Nancy Newhouse,

I have been a journalist for most of my adult life. I was an editor at the New York Times from 1977 to 2003. Prior to joining the Times, I was at New York Magazine, then Conde Nast House & Garden.

At the Times, I was the first editor of the new Home Section in 1977, then editor of the Living/Style Department from 1978 to 1989. I became editor of the Travel Section from 1989, a position I held until my retirement in 2003.
I received the French Order of Merit in 19TK.

Before my career in journalism, I lived in Paris from 1964 to 1970.

I graduated from Vassar College in 1958, and grew up in Seattle and northern California. I am a member of the Century Association in New York.


Odile de Lyrot

Odile de Lyrot

French Parisian, Odile worked in a financial company until she moved to the United Stated Virgin Islands with her husband in 1985.

There after completing gemological studies, she became Vice president and Director of Merchandising of the family business traveling to India, Israel, Thailand, Columbia, …

Starting in 2002, she served as the Honorary French consul of France for the U.S. Virgin Islands. In reward for her action in promoting the French culture, supporting French businesses, and developing the French community, she was designated a knight in the National Order of Merit.

Now living in New York, she works for her family foundation and other non-profit associations.

Board Member

Dominique Lemoine

Dominique Lemoine is an attorney by training. He is on the Board of Directors of the French American Chamber of Commerce of the SouthEast of the United States, a Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France and a Conseiller des Français de l’Etranger.

Board Member

Marie-Ange Joarlette


French citizen born in Brazil in Jan 26, 1962.
Principal and General Manager of THE CAP GROUP a construction and Real Estate company.
Representative of PROMOSALONS – Promotion of Professional French Trade Fair – for Brazil since 1991.

Marie-Ange is an Attorney graduated from São Paulo University (FMU) and licensed to practice law in Brazil.
Dual National French and Brazilian, Miami Resident since 2015. Fluent in 4 languages.

  • Board Member at FACC French American Chamber of Commerce Florida since 2020
  • Vice-president, Active donor and participant of UFE Floride a Public Charity association (Union des Français de l’Etranger)
  • Vice-president of the Board of Director of the Lycée Franco Américain de Cooper City FL
  • Former Committee Member at the French-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo
  • Former Board Member at Alliance Française São Paulo – Brazil
    Accolade : Chevalier de l’Ordre Nationale du Mérite- since 2015

Board Member

Dennis Petito

Board Member

Gina Harth-Cryde

Gina Harth-Cryde served as a Managing Director and Senior Banker at CREDIT AGRICOLE CIB based in New York, covering US Banks and Broker Dealers with responsibility for revenue development, client satisfaction, and relationship management.

With over 30 years in leadership positions, she began her career at Crédit Lyonnais New York Branch where she headed the International Banking Group covering global financial institutions and sovereign agencies. She served as Head of Loan Syndications; Head of Latin American Coverage with responsibility for Structured Trade Finance and Export Credit; and Head of Private Banking in the US. She holds an MBA from Fordham University Gabelli School of Finance, as well as a Masters in French Literature from the City College of New York.

Her experience also included acting as General Representative of Crédit Lyonnais in North America. In this capacity, she was a member of the official delegations of the bank and accompanied its Chairman and Executive Committee during Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the IMF.

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