Candice Camier Harrington was named Executive Director in August, after the retirement of Béatrice Hildebrand.
Candice, a native of Baratier, a small village in the Hautes Alpes region in France, has a wide range of experience in French teaching, curriculum development, event planning and fundraising. She studied law and English literature at Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence and expects to graduate with her master’s in FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) this year.
“Béatrice was one of the key founders of the Alliance Française de Sacramento, and she has done an incredible job of guiding the Alliance over the past 16 years to become the thriving organization it is today,” said Kristin Rapinac, AF de Sacramento President. “Candice has the passion for the French language and culture and the skills to build on our foundation and successfully lead the Alliance Française forward at this exciting time.”
Candice first started teaching French at the Alliance Française de Sacramento in 2002. After moving to Arizona, she taught high school French for eight years and supervised a foreign language department. She also taught at the Alliance Française de Greater Phoenix, where she later served as Vice President – Events, and served as President of the PTA at her children’s school. In 2013, Candice moved back to Sacramento and has been teaching classes for the Alliance and the Serendipity Center in Elk Grove as well as promoting a school fundraising program.
“It is an honor and privilege to have been chosen to continue the hard work that Mrs. Hildebrand put into the Alliance Française to make it what it is today,” Candice said. “I am excited to be working for the AF de Sacramento and to have the opportunity to share my love for the language and the culture of my country.”
Candice lives with her husband, Wesley, their two teenage children, and their two dogs. She enjoys skiing, stand up paddle boarding, yoga, hiking, reading, cooking, traveling and spending as much time as possible with family and friends.