Meet the Board

Lionel Sauvage

President and Co-Founder

“The more the world is intertwined, the more we need to be aware of our cultural differences. FLAX responds to this challenge."

Lionel Sauvage, the son of a United Nations diplomat, was raised in France before moving to Los Angeles, where he built a successful career in finance and raised his family. Sauvage, a passionate collector and connoisseur of 18th Century French painting, has long been involved with the arts. He currently sits on the board of the Société des Amis du Louvre, American Friends of the Louvre, and the Los Angeles Opera, and is a member of the J. Paul Getty Museum Disegno Drawing Council, among other appointments.

Sauvage first conceived FLAX in 2003, with the help of his dear friend and future FLAX co-founder Gerald du Manoir. Inspired by their love for Southern California—host to the second largest French community in the U.S.—and a strong desire to connect its cultural corridors with those of France, he envisioned FLAX as being an international cultural and philanthropic platform that would nurture French artistic talent and strengthen the shared humanistic values that have existed between the two countries for centuries. In 2006, FLAX became a reality.

Now, a decade later, FLAX continues to draw the two countries closer together through compelling collaborations with France-based artists, curators, and cultural institutions and their SoCal counterparts.

Gerald du Manoir

Secretary and Co-Founder

“Art is the most common language to share among peoples; it needs no translation, inspires all, and brings communities together."

Gerald du Manoir is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group, where he serves on the Capital Group Private Client Services Management Committee. His 25 years of investment experience includes 24 of which were with Capital Group. du Manoir holds a degree in international finance from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Paris, graduating with honors, and is based in Los Angeles.

Mark Tinglof

Treasurer

“Our mission at FLAX is to explore the cultural similarities and differences between France and Southern California. Now, more than ever, we need to support collaboration between these rich and diverse cultural communities."

Mark Tinglof is an equity partner in the business management firm of Shephard McIlwee Tinglof. With more than 35 years of tax and business management experience, he serves as a CPA and financial advisor to clients in the film and television industry as well as non-entertainment high-net-worth individuals, their family offices, and charitable foundations. Tinglof is a graduate of UCLA and a native of Los Angeles, where he and his family reside.

Sarah Conley Odenkirk

Board Member

“I joined the Board of FLAX because of the high caliber of people involved on both the organizational side and the artistic talent side. The work that FLAX does in connecting the arts in Los Angeles and France is unique, engaging, and incredibly important."

Sarah Conley Odenkirk has practiced law in the area of fine art for more than 20 years. She advises clients in transactional matters related to the arts in both the private and public realms.

Conley Odenkirk is also the Associate Director of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s Art Business and Arts Management Master’s Degree programs at Claremont Graduate University and a Clinical Assistant Professor for Legal Foundations, Public Art, International Transactions and Cultural Property and Restitution.

In 2015, Conley Odenkirk founded the Art Law Resource network, an online database that provides access to a carefully selected group of experienced professionals, who provide legal services to the art community.

In 2014, she published the book A Surprisingly Interesting Book About Contracts with AMMO Books, and a textbook on art law is forthcoming, to be published by the American Bar Association.

Conley Odenkirk is active on a number of boards, including UCLA’s Fowler Museum, Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network, FLAX Foundation, and Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND).