Tom Healy was appointed by President Barack Obama in September 2011 to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He served three terms as Chairman from 2011-2013.
Tom Healy is a writer and educator. He is currently a fellow at the Harriet Monroe Institute of the Poetry Foundation. Healy has taught at New York University and the New School and been a lecturer and writer-in-residence at universities around the world. 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, The Rest of the World and Not Untrue, Not Unkind.
Healy, who is HIV-positive, served on the White House Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under President Bill Clinton and has long been active in global efforts to fight poverty and AIDS. He has also had a distinguished career in the arts, including a pioneering gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea arts district and a leadership role in rebuilding New York’s downtown arts community after 9/11, for which he received the 2005 New York City Arts Award from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Healy is a trustee of PEN America, Creative Time and University of the People, and he is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He studied at Harvard and Columbia.