Alumni Affairs & Development

Siri Comeau McDonald

Director of Institutional Giving and Sponsored Projects
212.353.4138 |

Terri Coppersmith

Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development
212.353.4136 |

Jennifer Durst

Deputy Director of Alumni Affairs and Development
212.353.4165 |

Celia Ehrenpreis

Development Associate
212.353.4128 |

Daniel Malater

Gifts Coordinator
212.353.4166 |

Ellie Perendy

Development Associate, Individual Giving
212.353.4135 |

Sarah Renahan

Assistant Director of Annual Giving
212.353.4158 |

Elizabeth Rivera

Director of Individual Giving
212.353.4171 |

Hannah Teskey

Assistant Director, Individual Giving
212.353.4172 |

Silvia Tjioe

Assistant Director of Institutional Giving and Sponsored Projects
212.353.4174 |

  • 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.