(Note: First Nations mourns Siobhan Oppenheimer’s passing in September 2013.)
Siobhan Oppenheimer-Nicolau was active in the foundation/trust arena for more than 40 years. Along with Waldemar A. Nielsen and John Gardner, Mrs. Nicolau founded the National Film Archive of Philanthropy that is now housed at Georgetown University. Previously, she held the title of senior program officer with the Ford Foundation, and served as a consultant to the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, The Nord Family Fund, The Enterprise Foundation, The Walton Family Foundation, The Carlson Family Trust, The Lorio Foundation, The A & A Family Foundation, The Buck Trust, The Arco Foundation, The Hallmark Foundation, The Eisman Foundation, and The Piper Trust. Mrs. Nicolau was chairman emeritus of public/private ventures and was a personal advisor to Ewing Marion Kauffman in the design of his billion-dollar Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she served as a trustee. She lived with her husband in Manhattan and in Banteer, Ireland.