Cecilia Attias

President and Founder of the Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women

Cécilia Attias has dedicated her life to service; as a mother, a wife, a committed public servant, an activist and an ardent supporter of women’s rights.

Born in France, Cécilia honed strength and fortitude early in life. After studying law at L’University Assas, she began her political career serving as a parliamentary assistant. Cécilia consistently served the people of France in many capacities; from 1989 to 2002 in Neuilly’s city hall and at the Assemblée Nationale, in 2002 in the office of the Minister of Interior, where she became deeply involved in women’s rights and issues relating to domestic violence, immigration, assimilation and crimes against children, in 2004 as Advisor in Ministry of State, Economy, Finance and Industry, and in 2005 as Chief of Staff for the UMP Party. Cécilia saw firsthand the suffering and pain of the victims and made a vow to use her influence and status to make a difference.

In 2007, Cécilia Attias became First Lady of France, where she continued to work with those in need. Never one to shy away from adversity, in 2007 Cécilia again showed her fortitude and determination to improve the lives of others. As First Lady, Cécilia successfully negotiated with General Muammar Ghadaffi the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor imprisoned on Libya’s death row.

Today, Cécilia serves as President and Founder of the Cécilia Attias Foundation for Women. She uses her knowledge of the communications industry to aid her philanthropic efforts.