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Cooney and Keller Join ICBA’s Congressional Relations Team

Washington, D.C. (May 10, 2010)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced that Brian Cooney and Alan Keller have joined ICBA’s government relations department.  Cooney will serve as vice president and legislative counsel, and Keller will serve as director of legislative policy. 

“Both Brian and Alan have significant experience within the financial services industry,” said Steve Verdier, ICBA executive vice president of congressional relations. “ICBA is pleased to have them on board to help us continue to advance the voice of our nation’s nearly 8,000 community banks, especially during this historic time for our industry.”
As vice president and legislative counsel, Cooney will advocate ICBA’s policy positions before Congress, the financial regulatory agencies and the executive branch.  Prior to joining ICBA, he spent 12 years with the Manufactured Housing Institute as senior vice president for public policy and government affairs.   He has also served as director of congressional and political affairs for the American Institute of Certified Accountants and as associate director in the legislative counsel’s office at the Mortgage Bankers Association.  He holds a master’s degree in securities regulation from Georgetown Law School, a juris doctor from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in finance from Villanova University.

In his role as director of legislative policy, Keller will analyze key community bank issues and develop material that reflects ICBA’s legislative positions and policies, including testimony and letters to regulators and members of Congress.  Before coming to ICBA, Keller was vice president for federal government relations at JPMorgan Chase, where he was responsible for producing written communications, including testimony, in addition to representing the bank before Congress.  Keller has also served as deputy executive secretary for the U.S. Treasury Department.  He holds a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University, a Master of Arts in English from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara.