Edmée de M. Firth, Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation

TITLE: Vice President and Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Aging, arts, education, and social services

CONTACT:  212-599-1931, info@jldreyfus.org

PROFILE:  Edmée de M. Firth is the executive director of the Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation and a good point of contact for grantseekers in New York City. She is the wife of Nicholas Louis Douglas Firth, who is the foundation’s president and the grandson of the founder, Louis Dreyfus.

When the two wed in 1989, the New York Times published the following information about her background:

Mrs. Firth, a graduate of the Lycee Francais in New York and Boston University, is the executive director of the Weatherfield Institute, a Roman Catholic cultural and educational organization in New York, and the program director of the Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation in New York.

Her father was a Swiss diplomat and an executive of the Ciba Pharmaceutical Company in Basel, Switzerland. Her stepfather, the publisher of The New Mexican in Santa Fe, N.M., was the Ambassador to Switzerland in the Kennedy Administration and in the 1950's the chairman of the Citizens Panel on the Impact of Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy.

Firth has been very involved with the New York City Opera and served on the board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. She has also served on the board of directors of The MacDowell Colony, an arts organization, and on the New York Foundation for the Arts leadership council.