For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253


November 16, 2006 (Rochester, NY) – WXXI Public Broadcasting Council’s Board of Trustees has elected Michael J. Cooney as a new member. Cooney is a partner with Nixon Peabody, LLP, principally serving clients out of the Firm’s offices in New York City and Rochester, New York. He concentrates on matters related to charitable, not-for-profit and educational organizations, their corporate governance, fundraising, state regulation and taxation.

Cooney is also a frequent speaker and writer on topics of interest to non-profits and their supporters. A member of the American and New York Bar Associations and their committees relevant to tax-exempt and charitable entities, he also is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He is a current member of the Legal Subcommittee of the Council on Foundations and a former member of the New York State Catholic Conference Public Policy Committee, appointed by Bishop Matthew Clark.

Cooney received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law, and his B.A. from Hamilton College where he was a Senior Fellow of his class, majoring in Russian studies.

In addition to his commitment to WXXI, Cooney serves on a number of other volunteer governing Boards, including the Rochester Area Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Rochester, and the World Childhood Foundation, founded by Her Majesty, Queen Silvia of Sweden.

Cooney resides in Pittsford with his wife, two sons and daughter.


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