Governance

The American Library in Paris, Inc. was incorporated on May 28, 1920 under Delaware law. In accordance with the articles of incorporation of the Library, the Board of Trustees has responsibility for oversight and the setting of policy for the Library. The Library operates in accordance with the procedures set out in the Library’s by-laws, as amended and approved by the Board of Trustees from time to time, as well as through policies that are drafted and approved by the Board. The operation of the Library and the management of employees and volunteers remain the responsibility of the Director, who works closely with the Board.

The Board meets several times per year, and much of its work is carried out by Board committees (for example, those dealing with Finance, Library Affairs and Development), which meet separately. As the Library’s operations are principally conducted in Paris, they are subject to French law, and the Board takes into consideration both French and US law requirements when carrying out is oversight and governance roles. The Board relies on the advice of French and American legal and tax counsel to ensure that it fully respects all applicable legal obligations.

Library Board of Trustees • June 2024–June 2025

Jill LE GRAND, Chair
Steven GERBER, Vice Chair
Nathalie HOBBS, Vice Chair
Andrew PLUMP, Secretary
Audrey ROHAN, Treasurer
Steven R. HORTON, Assistant Treasurer

Damon AUSTIN
Barbara DIGGS
Whitney GORE
Julien HORN
Ashley MADDOX
Enrique MARTINEZ
Steve MERTZ
Alison PEARSALL
Thomas PERROT
Cedric SELLIN
Charles TRUEHEART
Laura WENKE

Ex officio

Audrey CHAPUIS, Executive Director
Maggie FARRELL, American Library Association representative

Advisory Council

Ishtar MÉJANÈS, Chair

Alain AUBRY
Alice BERRY
John BERRY
Jacqueline CESSOU
David CHAFFETZ
Catherine COSTE, Member Emerita
April EBERHARDT
Lise HARTMAN de FOUCHIER
Clydette de GROOT
Jade Vu HENRY
Dan HUEHN
Laura HUEHN
Livia MANERA SAMBUY
Kati MARTON
Ann MORRISON
Dr. Winston TABB
Usha VISWANATHAN
The Honorable Henry T. WOOSTER

Writers Council (council member biographies)

Diane JOHNSON, Chair

Pierre ASSOULINE
Laura AURICCHIO
Julian BARNES
David BELLOS
Antony BEEVOR
Christopher BUCKLEY
Michael CHABON
Sebastian FAULKS
Laura FURMAN
Adam GOPNIK
Robert HARRIS
Sudhir HAZAREESINGH
John IRVING
Julian JACKSON
Alice KAPLAN
Ethan KATZ
Philippe LABRO
Fredrik LOGEVALL
Viet Thanh NGUYEN
Joyce Carol OATES
Maggie PAXSON
Robert O. PAXTON
Bruno RACINE
Salman RUSHDIE
Stacy SCHIFF
Lily TUCK
Scott TUROW
Ayelet WALDMAN
Marc WEITZMANN

USA Foundation Board of Directors

William TORCHIANA, President
J. Paul HORNE, Secretary

The Honorable Craig STAPLETON
Marshall I. WAIS
Gregory ANNENBERG WEINGARTEN

Ex officio

Jill LE GRAND
Audrey ROHAN