Executive Director, a.i.
Barbara has worked at the French Cultural Center for more than 19 years. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in electrical engineering from her native Belgium, where she pursued research in biomedical engineering, and another in film production from Boston University, that led her to produce a number of independent films. Barbara has been at the very heart of the Center her whole career: from Film Assistant to Executive Director, Barbara has evolved through various positions such as Cultural Programs Manager, Director of Programs and Communications, and Chief Operating Officer. Her career has enabled her to forge many friendships and ties in the local Francophone and Francophile communities.
Barbara has represented the Center and Alliance Française of Boston throughout the years and has most recently been appointed board member of the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA. An avid reader and film buff, Barbara presents the Center’s monthly ciné-club and relishes discussions with each enthusiastic audience.
She is committed to pursuing the extraordinary mission of the French Cultural Center and believes that the Francophone world is worth exploring in all its different cultures. She wishes that visitors of the Center experience the welcome embrace of French and Francophone cultures together, as a community.
Director of Education
Being multilingual has allowed me to travel to many different places and meet great people along the way!
Senior Development Advisor
I am passionate about working with our team to promote cultures and a language that bring significant joy and inspiration to our Francophile community.
Adult Programs Manager
If language is a positive factor contributing to a better knowledge of a specific culture, multilingualism is an unending source of great discoveries.
I have met people who have become friends and introduced me to different foods, music, etc., while showing me how alike we all are.
I think it's amazing that learning another language can open up a whole other part of the world.
Manager, Special Events & Membership
We are so lucky that the French language allows us access to so many diverse cultures and people.
Youth Programs Manager
I like to think we play a small part in shaping the current and future global citizens of our community.
Learning French opened a window onto the world for me, and I am so pleased to be working to provide that same experience for members and visitors of our Center.
Discovering French books and art that I loved inspired me to learn the language and make new connections. I hope to help visitors find the same inspiration at the library.
Every day brings an opportunity to learn from each other. The Center is rich by the experience, multiculturalism and multilingualism of its team and being a part of it is a delight.
I feel fortunate to play a small part in the promotion of French literature in the United States. I look forward to sharing my passion for French and libraries with each member of the Center's community.
Head Receptionist, Office Manager
I am constantly enthused by the vivacity of the Center’s visitors, their curiosity and openness.
Marketing Associate / Graphic Design
Being at the French Cultural Center allows me to be surrounded by new cultural experiences daily.
Cultural Programs Manager
Through our cultural events we strive to promote the similarities and exchanges across geographical, national or historical boundaries. I am happy to contribute to fostering Franco-American relationships.