Union @ Cooper Union

Union @ Cooper Union is a union of full-time and part-time clerical, administrative, technical and buildings and grounds maintenance staff with over 120 members employed at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. We are a self-governing union whose elected officers and area reps volunteer to serve on the Executive Committee that represents its members.

Executive Committee

Benefits Officers: Kressent Pottenger
Registrar, Continuing Education  

Katie Blumenkrantz 
Librarian Assistant / Archives Assistant, Library

Discipline Officer: Lawrence Mesich
Academic Support, IT/Computer Studio

Grievance Officer: Marget Long
Academic Support, IT/Computer Studio

Negotiation Officer: Cara Di Edwardo
Technician, Printmaking

Outreach Officer: Wayne Adams 
Network Administrator/Senior Academic Support, IT/Computer Studio

Secretary: Joe Riley
Technical Assistant, Art and Architecture Shop; Technical Assistant, Type Shop

Staff Representative to the Board of Trustees: Amy Westpfahl
Coordinator of Recruitment and Admissions, Art Admissions

Treasurer: Kimberly Bowers
Assistant to the Director, Continuing Education and Public Programs

Area Representatives

Area 100 - School of Engineering, Saturday Program, CURF, The Writing Center, Humanities
Representative: Victoria Heinz | Technician, School of Engineering

Area 200 - Schools of Architecture and Art
Representative: Christine McCann | Administrative Assistant, School of Art
Deputy Rep: Eric Monasterio | Technician, Art and Architecture Shop

Area 300 - Building and Grounds
Representative: Torey Boyd | Maintenance, Buildings and Grounds

Area 400 - Admissions, Development, Continuing Education, External Affairs, Student Services
Representative: Brian Murrell | Assistant Registrar, Admissions

Area 500 - Business Office, Computer Center, Design Center, Office Services, Library, Lubalin Center, President’s Office
Representative: Katie Blumenkrantz | Librarian Assistant / Archives Assistant, Library

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.