Tissa Jayatilaka, has served as the Executive Director of the bi-national United States-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission (US-SLFC) since 1989. Jayatilaka is the author of publications as well as involved in translations, editing of journals and collections of essays. These include Peradeniya: Memories of a University (joint Contributory Editor), and A Garland for Ashley: Glimpses of a Life Celebrating the 75th Birthday of Ashley Halpe and His 50 years of University Teaching (joint Editor). He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, the Gratiaen Trust and a Member, Board of Directors of the Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Jayatilaka has taught English and American Literature at several universities since 1976 – in Sri Lanka and in the United States at Wake Forest University, North Carolina and Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa. His interests include international relations, politics, literature and sports. He has a Master of Arts in English from Wake Forest University, North Carolina, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in American Studies from Smith College, Massachusetts.