Judith Ujobai was named Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) in 1994.
She is responsible for managing the daily operations of this nonprofit business association, including membership and board development, fundraising, event planning, business consulting, career counseling, marketing, communications, accounting, finance, and administration.
Prior to being employed by the FACC, Judith joined the organization as a Corporate Member, representing Fidelity Bank, one of 80 founding member companies in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware tri-state region that answered the call to launch the Philadelphia Chapter in 1989.
From 1985-1994, she enjoyed a rewarding career in international banking with the Europe, Middle East, and Africa Group at Fidelity Bank and First Fidelity Bancorporation. As the European Correspondent Banking Officer for France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Scandinavia, she was responsible for a multi-million dollar portfolio of trade, credit, and treasury facilities for over 50 major European banks and their New York affiliates. She also served as a Trade Finance Specialist and an International Credit Analyst after graduating from Fidelity Bank’s Professional Bankers Development Program.
Before joining the bank, Judith worked with Frupac International, a leading importer/exporter of Chilean produce, headquartered in Philadelphia. Responsible for administration and monitoring customer credit limits, the company was in an exciting period of rapid business expansion, quadrupling in size in just two and a half years.
Judith graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Political Science (double major). She was awarded the Caroline Kennedy Senior Prize for French Literature. During her Junior year, she studied and worked in Nantes, France, and remained over the summer to work in the seaside resort of La Baule. Later, she studied at the University of Toulon in La Garde, France, where she received the Certificate in Commercial and Economic French from the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Paris.
Born and raised in Phoenixville, PA, Judith is an enthusiastic Center City Philadelphia resident, who loves to travel and meet people from all over the world.
Zoe Bossan is a recent graduate from McGill University (Montreal, CA) where she studied Political Science and International Development. Zoe is originally French, but grew up in the Greater Philadelphia area which she calls home. Working with the Philadelphia branch of the FACC is an exciting new project for her, as she looks forward to learning more about Franco-American business synergies, and finetuning her Marketing and Networking skills.
Riley Crouthamel is a senior at Arcadia University majoring in International Studies with a focus in human rights and linguistics. After graduation, she plans on attending law school. She lived in Vaison-la-Romaine (Provence, France) for her junior year of high school, where her love and knowledge of the French language and culture was cultivated. She is currently working remotely from Philadelphia, and during her time with the FACC Philadelphia, she hopes to learn more about how non-profit organizations are run as well as expand her professional network.
Grace Almeida is a junior at Temple University with a major in Global Studies focusing on global cultures, and a minor in French. She has a strong interest in travel and learning foreign languages, having taken classes in both French and Japanese. After graduating college in December 2021, Grace hopes to find a job on an international level in order to challenge her comfort zone and become a global citizen. Her ultimate goal is to move to France one day and become fluent in the French language. Working at the FACC Philadelphia couldn't be more of a perfect fit, and she is very elated to gain insight on French-American business relations and gain networking opportunities.
Jessica Sember is a senior at Temple University majoring in International Business Administration with a Concentration in Economics. She is currently working remotely in Philadelphia. Jessica studied at the American Business School of Paris during the spring of 2020. There she gained valuable experience about French-American business relationships, and hopes to expand on that knowledge through her work at the FACC Philadelphia.