Robert J. Vanni
Senior Consultant, Government Relations
Robert J. Vanni, Esq. is a graduate of NYU School of Law and Columbia Business School and was vice president, general counsel and secretary of The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. A former corporate associate with Shearman & Sterling, Vanni has also served as the first general counsel of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as legislative assistant to Assemblyman Anthony G. Olivieri (deceased), and in legal positions with the United Nations Secretariat.
He has been a member of the board of directors of many nonprofit organizations, including the Board of Advisors of the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, Co-Chair of the Committee on Museums, Libraries and Collections of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Afghanistan Relief Committee, the America-Italy Society, Metro International, and the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. Vanni has served on various committees of the Bar Association of the City of New York, including the Committee on International Law, International Trade (founding chair), Art Law, Non-Profit Organizations, and the Committee for the United Nations.