Meet the Team

Elisabeth Forney

Executive Director

Elisabeth Forney was born in Paris and has lived in Los Angeles with her family since 1982, where she established herself in the fashion and interior design spheres. Since 2008, Forney has served as FLAX Executive Director, overseeing the day-to-day administration and strategy of this international cultural institution. She also serves as its Chairman of the Program Committee, reporting directly to the FLAX Board of Directors.

Forney has long been involved in nurturing the French community in Southern California. As a board member for the Alliance Française of Los Angeles, she played a pivotal role in negotiating the school’s new headquarters. From 2000–2007, Forney owned and operated Duodeco, a successful import company specializing in French Art Deco furnishings and design. Prior to founding her own company, she was the director of programming and subtitling at KSCI’s French television division.

Forney was recently awarded a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.

Anna Milone

Curator

Anna Milone was born in France and began her curatorial career working at Fondation Cartier in Paris. She then collaborated in Paris with Marc-Olivier Wahler on FLAX’s Lost (in LA) exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. After producing Nuit Blanche 2013, a world-renowned all-night art and performance festival in Paris, Milone joined the team of Monnaie de Paris as curator of public programs and education for notable exhibitions, including Chocolate Factory by Paul McCarthy and Musée d'Art Moderne - Département des Aigles by Marcel Broodthaers. In 2015, working as an independent curator, Milone created "recto/verso," a unique partnership between the charity organization Secours populaire français and Fondation Louis Vuitton. The exhibition was followed by the first "blind" auction in France, featuring 224 well-known artists, including Jeff Koons, Frank Gehry, Mohamed Bourouissa, François Morellet, and Sheila Hicks. As FLAX Curator, Milone will direct her attention toward creating compelling collaborations with Southern California- and French-based artists, curators, and cultural institutions designed to bolster Los Angeles’s contemporary art scene and create a unique interactive experience for a wide and diverse audience. Increasing the reciprocity of the projects, Milone will develop opportunities for SoCal-based artists to collaborate with their counterparts and partner institutions in France.

Ana Iwataki

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Ana Iwataki was born and raised in Los Angeles and is recently returned to her hometown after five years in Paris. She has worked in art institutions and galleries in both cities and is deeply interested in exchanges between their art scenes. She co-directed the Parisian project space Shanaynay for two years, during which they organized an exhibition at Fahrenheit by FLAX. As a curator, writer, and translator, her work approaches communication via multiple angles and through varying lenses—across languages, distances, and cultures.

Olga Garay-English

Senior Advisor

Olga Garay-English has made the arts her life’s work, serving as the Founding Program Director for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, where she was responsible for one of the largest national arts funding programs in the United States, awarding $145 million to arts organizations throughout the country and internationally. Following her eight-year tenure at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Garay-English served as Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), where she managed a $50 million budget portfolio and was responsible for raising more than $23 million for DCA and its programs.

Since then, Garay-English has been an independent arts consultant, undertaking senior advisory roles on a variety of prestigious cultural projects both here and abroad. Most recently, she was named Interim Executive Director of the Ford Theatres, a 1,200-seat amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills.

A true friend of France, Garay-English was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2012 in recognition of her significant contributions to the arts. Working with the FLAX board and staff, she can continue bringing France-Los Angeles arts and culture projects to fruition.