Writer, poet, and chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the Fulbright program worldwide. He was appointed to the Fulbright board by President Barack Obama. His first book,What the Right Hand Knows, was a finalist for the 2009 L.A. Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award and his poems and essays have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. His chapbook, Animal Spirits, was published by Monk Books in 2013. Earlier, he served on President Clinton’s Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and he has worked around the world on AIDS and poverty programs. He owned one of the first contemporary art galleries in Chelsea and later served as president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. In 2006, he was awarded the New York City Arts Award by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for leading rebuilding efforts for the downtown arts community after 9/11.