Born a French citizen in Tunisia, Monique Seefried became a US citizen in 1985. She grew up in Austria, France and Italy before getting married in the Vatican with Ferdinand Carlos Seefried in 1973. They moved to the United States in 1977. She holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Paris-Sorbonne where she also did her undergraduate and graduate studies. She has worked in education for 40 years and also in the archaeological and museum world. Between 1982 and 2002, she was Curator of Near Eastern Art at the Carlos Museum.
She is the founder and now board chair of CASIE, the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education, in Atlanta and from May 2003 until April 2009, she served as chairman of the IB Board of Governors. Her three children are IB graduates from the Atlanta International School, where she served as board chair between 1995 and 1999.
In 2010, Seefried became president of the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation which has erected in France a WWI memorial statue to the US 42nd (Rainbow Division). In June 2014, she was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the US World War I Centennial Commission where she will serve until July 2019 and where she is responsible for international partnerships and also works on education and states initiatives. She is fluent in English, French, German and Italian.
In 2005, the French Government made her a “chevalier” in the Order of the Academic Palms, in 2009 in the Order of Merit and in 2015 in the Order of the Legion of Honor.