CUAA Special Election 2015 for Alumni Trustees

Elaine Maldonando

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School of Art 1968
New York City, NY

Current Position, Organization:
Professor, Director of Faculty Development, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)- SUNY

Relevant Skill:

Fundraising via educational grants, experience with and understanding of university management/ budgets and creative thinker.

Professional Qualifications:

BFA, Cooper Union
Master of Science in Education, CUNY
Fine Arts Certificate, University of Madrid Spain. Research, presentations and publications focused on STEAM education…Science Technology, Engineering ART and Mathematics, a clear reflection of Cooper’s mission.Substantial managerial experience in university settings; sustained grant-based fundraising at the university level.
Directorships held in institutions with diverse engineering, architecture, art and design programs.

Personal Statement:

I met my husband Tim (Architecture ‘66) in front of the Foundation Building elevator on my first day of school. Since then, we have witnessed the sale of Green Camp, the transfer of the Cooper-Hewitt collection, the mismanagement of substantial wealth and irresponsible spending. However, most worrisome is a tuition-charging Cooper, beholden to federal funders—-on the road to losing its extraordinary identity and becoming just one more good school in the pack. I hope we can reverse this destructive trajectory before it’s too late and reinstate a tuition-free Cooper— a true jewel in the crown of New York City.

Additional Information:

  • Experienced educational administrator with substantial understanding of university management. Directed academic support programs at CUNY’s senior technical college for multiple programs in engineering and architecture; currently direct all aspects of faculty development at FIT, an internationally recognized design school.
  • Authored, secured and directed over $1,000,000 in educational research grants, including awards from the National Science Foundation, Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education and the National Education Association.
  • Recently named one of the 100 most inspirational women in STEM by Insight into Diversity Magazine for promoting STEM opportunities for women through science and art collaborations