Rachel L. Warren

Rachel L. Warren was elected Chair of the board of trustees in 2016.

She is Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Trust Officer of a family office and its affiliated private trust company. 

Before that, Ms. Warren served as COO of MK Enterprises, a diversified holding company founded by Maurice Kanbar, the creator of SKYY® Vodka and one of Cooper Union’s single largest benefactors.  As COO, Ms. Warren oversaw a complex real estate portfolio, an independent film production studio, a wine & spirits company, and numerous other investments, business ventures and philanthropic interests.  

Prior to MKE, Ms. Warren was a partner at Davidoff & Malito, LLP, a New York law firm, where she served as a member of the firm’s management committee.  Ms. Warren’s practice focused on commercial litigation and she represented closely held companies and family owned businesses through all stages of operations.   

Ms. Warren is also the principal and founder of Warren Advisory Group, Inc., which provides corporate, legal and financial guidance to privately held companies, family offices and high net worth individuals. 

Ms. Warren received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her J.D., cum laude, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  Ms. Warren served on Cardozo’s Board of Overseers and she was a member of the Board of Directors of Drexel University’s School of Law.  Ms. Warren is a founding board member of the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing.

Ms. Warren is the proud daughter of Cooper alumnus Willard L. Warren EE'50.

Member of the Cooper Union Board since 2012

Term ends: 2020

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