Siobhan Oppenheimer

Member of the Board Emeritus - In Memoriam

(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.


Office of Communications


July 25, 2014

White House and USDA to Honor Champions of Change for Agriculture

Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative

The goal of the Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative (NACBI) is to increase the organizational, managerial and programmatic capacity of Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs supporting the field of Native arts and artists

Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys & Young Men

The “Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys and Young Men” program is aimed at improving education and employment outcomes for middle school and high school Native boys and young men.

NB3 - Notah Begay III Foundation 

Second Healthy Beverage Summit to be held at Hotel Albuquerque on February 21, 2018

For more information:


Employment opportunties at First Nations Development Institute.  
Learn More...