David R. Ostroff, Executive Director

ostroff David Ostroff is a former diplomat, policy advisor, and international consultant, whose work in the creation and coordination of high-level intercultural projects has taken him from Barbados to Egypt, and from Lyons to DC. Mr. Ostroff joined the French-American Cultural Foundation in July 2015, after spending over twenty years in France.  In Paris, he worked as a diplomat, director of international development in the high-tech sector, founded a bookstore, café, and gallery, and finally returned to his first love, international relations, as the political specialist at the US Mission to UNESCO, where he served for seven years. A native of New Jersey, Mr. Ostroff is a graduate of the School of International Service at American University, and attended George Washington University. As a young diplomat, he spent fifteen years as a political officer in the US Foreign Service. He taught incoming Foreign Service Officers in the famous “A-100” program, and took courses at the Foreign Service Institute including the Harvard Negotiation Seminar, area studies and political tradecraft, and French. In 1983, he was awarded the Department’s Superior Honor award for his work in Grenada. Before returning to Washington, DC, he taught a course in the Masters program in Global Governance at INSEEC in Paris.