Healy was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011 to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He is currently serving his third term as Chairman of the Board.
Tom Healy is a writer and poet. His books include Animal Spirits and What the Right Hand Knows, which was a finalist for the 2009 L.A. Times Book Prize. He has two forthcoming books of essays, Not Untrue and Not Unkind and The Rest of the World: Smart Power and Public Diplomacy. Healy teaches at New York University and writes regularly about the Fulbright Program and international affairs for The Huffington Post. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Healy served on President Clinton's Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and has worked on AIDS prevention and anti-poverty projects around the world. He served as president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in the years after 9/11 and was awarded the New York City Arts Award by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2005 for leading rebuilding efforts for the downtown arts community.
Healy studied philosophy at Harvard and received his M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University.