Grace French is a dancer, marketer, strategist, and founder. Grace is the President and Founder of The Army of Survivors, and currently works as a marketing professional. Her passion for dance lives on through her students that she coaches at a nationally recognized youth studio in Canton, Michigan.
As a survivor of the now defamed Michigan State University doctor, Grace has dedicated her life to changing the culture of sport, consent, and institutional accountability to make sure that no one has to endure sexual violence or abuse. Her work in survivors’ rights and advocacy for athletes’ rights has been globally recognized, leading her to speak at the United Nations General Assembly in 2019 to urge the passage of a Worldwide Survivor Bill of Rights.
She serves as an Advisory Board member for Safe Sport International as well as the International Safeguard for Children in Sport. Grace has worked on the expert advisory committees for several global projects with the likes of FIFA, the International Olympic Committee, World Players Associations, and the Sports & Rights Alliance. Nationally, Grace has worked to pass three laws in Michigan which expanded the statute of limitations, and mandatory reporting. She also worked to pass the Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, and Amateur Athletes Act of 2020 which expanded athlete rights nationally.
In Michigan, she serves as a member of the Title IX advisory board for U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin. Grace is the recipient of the 2021 Liberty Bell award from the Ingham County Bar Association, one of the recipients of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2018 ESPYs, as well as a 2018 Glamour Women of the Year awardee. Grace received her BBA at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.