Tom Healy was appointed by President Barack Obama in September 2011 to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He is currently serving his third term as Chairman of the Board.
Healy is a writer. His books include Animal Spirits and What the Right Hand Knows, which was a finalist for the 2009 L.A. Times Book Prize, and two forthcoming books of essays, Not Untrue, Not Unkind and The Rest of the World. Healy has taught at New York University and the New School and has been a writer-in-residence at many international institutions. Healy is currently a Harriet Monroe Fellow at the Poetry Foundation. He is also a trustee of PEN America and Creative Time and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In the years after 9/11, Healy served as president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and was awarded the New York City Arts Award by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2005 for leading rebuilding efforts for the downtown arts community. He served on President Clinton's Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and has worked on AIDS prevention and anti-poverty projects around the world.
Healy studied philosophy at Harvard and received his M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University.