Linda J. Bilmes is a lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She has held senior positions in government, including assistant secretary and chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as deputy assistant secretary for administration at Commerce. She previously spent ten years as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, where she advised major corporations and governments on organizational and business strategy. Bilmes is coauthor (with Joseph Stiglitz) of the New York Times bestseller The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict. She is the author or coauthor of numerous book chapters, academic papers, and newspaper and magazine articles on subjects ranging from municipal pensions to veterans disability benefits. Bilmes has served on several high-ranking commissions, including the National Parks Second Century Commission, and has provided testimony to congressional committees on a variety of public policy issues. She is the recipient of the 2008 Speaking Truth to Power award from the American Friends Service Committee and holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Professor Bilmes’ personal website is here.