Robert L. Faherty has been director of the Brookings Press since 1984. Previously, he was director of publications at the Congressional Budget Office for seven years.
He received his B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America, and his S.T.B. and S.T.L. in religious studies from the Gregorian University in Rome. He began his book publishing career at Encyclopaedia Britannica, where he was senior editor in the fields of philosophy, religion, and the social sciences. He also worked as managing editor for Scholarly Press and for an imprint of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, and was a consulting editor to Harper and Row, the R.R. Bowker Co., the World Bank, the American Enterprise Institute, and various other organizations.
Faherty has served as president of the Association of American University Presses and Washington Book Publishers and is currently on the board of directors of the Association of American Publishers. He serves as the U.S. representative on the board of the International Publishers Association and is a member of that organization’s executive committee. He is on the advisory committee for George Washington University’s Master’s Program in Publishing and is an instructor in that program. He is active in community affairs and is an appointed member of the Fairfax County Human Services Council.
Faherty and his wife, Claudia, live in Alexandria, Virginia. They have five children.