A native of Normandy, France, Emilie has lived in many countries of the Americas including Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, but also in
Australia. Prior to assuming her post with AFNO, she was in charge of artistic and cooperation projects in several cultural
services in French Embassies before going back to France in 2013. In Lyon and Paris, she worked for different non profit organizations
in the field of arts and La francophonie. In 2020, she arrived in New Orleans to be the Executive Director of the Alliance
Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans. She brings with her a strong attachment to linguistic diversity and the will to share the
richness of francophone cultures with the warm communities of New Orleans.
A product of the French Immersion program in Lafayette, Joseph is a proud
franco-louisianais. After living in France and traveling a bit all over, he has settled down in New Orleans. Before his time at AFNO,
Joseph was a French teacher in rural Acadiana and co-host of a French podcast. Joseph loves speaking French with fellow francophones
especially those living in Louisiana as well as attending cultural events.
Originally from Houston, Texas, but having also lived in New Jersey, and Kentucky, Lauren Bix has now happily
found herself in New Orleans! Before her start at AFNO, Lauren finished her dual Master’s degrees in International Diplomacy and French and
Francophone Studies at the University of Kentucky where she specialized in the Francophone world. During her time in graduate school, she
taught beginner to intermediate French to undergraduate students. In addition to her academic achievements, Lauren studied abroad in Caen,
Normandy, and loves to travel, with her most recent visit to Paris and Brussels in Spring 2019. Having studied the French influence and
history in New Orleans, she is excited to learn more, explore, and work with the community.