Chamber of Commerce
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.
Mariel Pearson is a sophomore majoring in Journalism and French at Penn State University. She is a member of The Daily Collegian’s Marketing Department, Penn State’s student-run newspaper. During the 2022-2023 school year, Mariel will be studying abroad in Montpellier and Paris to gain experience living and working abroad, which is what she hopes to do after college.
Mariel is excited to be working at the FACC as a Marketing Coordinator Intern, to improve all aspects of her communications skills and begin to network with French-affiliated businesses
Carmen Barter is a junior at Drexel University. She plans to graduate in 2023 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Carmen is originally from Maine, where she developed a lifelong passion for the French language.
Carmen is excited to be working with the FACC as she learns to develop her personal and professional skills. She aspires to use those skills to pursue work with more non-profit organizations.