One-Line Bio

Tom Keane is a columnist for The Boston Globe. He is also an attorney, an experienced corporate and non-profit executive, and former Boston city councilor.


Tom Keane is a regular columnist for the op-ed page of The Boston Globe. Tom's pieces have also appeared on the pages of the Boston Herald, ArchitectureBoston and several other publications. He can be seen and heard frequently on local television and radio shows, including WGBH's “Greater Boston with Emily Rooney.”

Tom is also general counsel for the AppleTree Institute, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit focused on providing accelerated early language and literacy programs to under-resourced preschoolers. He is also general counsel for SmartPower, a nonprofit that advocates for and promotes conservation and alternative energies.

Tom has also held a number of other senior-level positions. He was senior vice president and general counsel for Mosaica Education, Inc., a global education company headquartered in New York. He also was the executive director of the Boston Society of Architects, managing it through a time of transition after the retirement of its long-time executive director. Before then he was a general partner of Murphy & Partners, a New York-based private equity fund. In addition, from 1994 through 1999, he was a Boston city councilor, representing Boston's district eight. He was also a founder and executive vice president of Legend Medical Services, Inc., an operator of long-term care facilities, and served as well as chief financial officer for International Healthcare Corporation, which operated health maintenance organizations and drug-and-alcohol rehabilitation centers.

Tom was graduated from Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, MA, where he was salutatorian. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College, and his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School. Tom is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Commonwealth Compact; an honorary member of the Boston Society of Architects; and a member of the Advisory Board for the Shamie Center for Better Government. The eldest of 11 children, he is married to Laurie Farrell and together they have two children, Lauren and Bryn.