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Office of Alumni Affairs and Development

Phone: (212) 353-4164
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Mailing Address:
The Cooper Union
P.O. Box 22422
New York, NY 10087-2422

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For more specific inquiries, contact one of the following staff members:

Terri Coppersmith
Vice President, Alumni Affairs and Development

Jennifer Durst
Deputy Director, Alumni Affairs and Development

Celia Ehrenpreis
Development Associate for Individual Giving

Helen M. Freeman
Assistant Director for Alumni Affairs

Lauren Lavitt
Development Specialist

Daniel Malater
Gifts Coordinator

Siri Comeau McDonald
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Ellie Perendy
Prospect Research Specialist

Nate Stuhl
Development Associate

Elizabeth Rivera
Director of Individual Giving

Sarah Renahan
Assistant Director of Annual Giving

Silvia Tjioe
Grants Manager

Morgan Wilson-Menting
Assistant Director, Individual Giving

  • 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.