Mimi Chapin Gregory
Lay Trustee, WGCU, Fort Myers, Florida
Mimi Chapin Gregory has been actively involved in international affairs for the past 30 years. Her interest in foreign affairs was fostered by her opportunities to live abroad, her European ancestry, and her pursuit of languages and Slavic studies as her major in college.
As an executive recruiter for the Banking industry, she represented Warren Management Consultants in Paris during the years 1978-1980. Upon returning to the U.S., she continued to pursue her interest in the French language and culture within the Alliance Française, a worldwide organization with 114 not-for-profit chapters in the United States.
While living in Boston, Gregory worked with the Consul General of France and Serge Bellanger of Banque Transatlantique CIC to create a French-American Chamber of Commerce, and served as its Vice President for five years. Her contributions to the various French organizations were recognized in 1990 when she was decorated by the French Government as a "Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters."
Gregory also served on the Board of the Friends of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, the American Heart Association and other civic organizations. As Vice President and Board member of the World Affairs Council of Boston, now WorldBoston, she worked on major fundraising activities, hosting VIPs including: President Bush, Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, Secretary James Baker, Javier Solana, Senators John McCain and John Kerry.
Now a resident of Naples, Florida, Gregory is a Past President of the Naples Council on World Affairs, and remains program Chairman, a chapter comprising 2500 members and an affiliate of the World Affairs Councils of America. Gregory was elected to the national Board of the World Affairs Councils of America in 2004 and was named national Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee in 2005. She has been on "Leadership Missions" with the council to Lebanon, Kuwait, Israel, Egypt, Taiwan, the Federal Republic of Germany, Iraq, and in March, 2012, to Afghanistan. In May of 2015, she led a group of Council travelers to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In 2005, Gregory was named the Florida Council for Social Studies' Outstanding Citizen, and in 2010 she was named to the Advisory Board of WGCU Public Media in Ft. Myers, Florida, an NPR and PBS affiliate, and serves as Chairman. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the France Florida Foundation for the Arts.
In October 2011, Gregory was named a "Commander" in the National Order of Merit, by decree of President Nicolas Sarkozy of France.