BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Award winning chef, owner of Loulay Kitchen & Bar and Luc restaurants in Seattle, Thierry Rautureau is originally from the town of Saint Hilaire de Clisson in the Muscadet region of France.
At fourteen, Thierry started a cooking apprenticeship and at sixteen went on a Regional Tour de France and trained in the cities of Le Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, Chamonix in the French Alps, and Hendaye in the Pays Basque. At twenty already with six years of traditional French training behind him, Thierry headed for the United States. After three years in Chicago, Rautureau moved to Los Angeles.
Robert is French and works as a Finance Director at Amazon. He has a long experience of living and working in France and the USA. After graduating in Finance from a French business school he obtained his MBA in International Business in New York. He and his family moved to the Pacific Northwest seven years ago and are happily settled here. He enjoys working in an international environment, is well connected with Seattle’s French community and has travelled extensively throughout the USA. He has had the pleasure of attending events organized by the Alliance Française and this has led him to want to become more directly involved in supporting our organization, leveraging his experience, networks and belief in the benefits of multi-cultural activity.
Jean-Claude Beck is a French native and is the winemaker at the Woodhouse Wine Estates. He has 25 years of experience as an accomplished winemaker and wine business professional with an established history of broad-based and distinguished achievement in the wine industry in France, California and Washington. Jean-Claude has a solid track record in boutique, medium sized and large scale wineries, of surpassing business and production goals while raising the quality and distinctiveness of wines. He is charismatic, skilled and motivated working with business partners, growers, co-workers, staff and clientele. In joining the board of the Alliance Française de Seattle, Jean-Claude is looking forward to applying his excellent leadership, analytical, organizational and planning skills to help further the organization’s mission, and strengthen its role in the greater Seattle community.
Olivier Fontana is French and is a Director of Product Marketing at Zipwhip since 2018. Olivier, his wife Tanja and their three children have lived in the Puget Sound for the past 15 years, and he has always been very active in the French speaking community or the region. As a founding member and the president of the Seattle chapter of UFE, a world-wide French-speaking expatriate nonprofit organization, he has been involved in all things French in Seattle for many years. He also supported Seattle French Fest by acting as its MC from 2012 to 2016. By joining the board of the Alliance Française de Seattle, he hopes to help it continue to be a driving force in promoting the French language and Francophone cultures in the Seattle area. Previous to Zipwhip, Olivier hold several senior marketing roles at Microsoft. Prior to this, Olivier worked for Philips Electronics (Netherlands). He started his career in France and holds both a MSEE from the ESIEE School of Engineering (France) and an MBA from RSM Erasmus (Netherlands).