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Linda Bilmes
Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Office:
79 John F. Kennedy St. Belfer Bldg 409
617-495-4753
617-495-5994

For CV, publications, and news, please view Professor Linda Bilmes' website:

http://www.lindabilmes.org/

Professor Linda J. Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, is a leading expert on budgetary and public financial issues. Her research focuses on budgeting and public administration in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She is particularly interested in the costs of war, veterans, the civil service and public lands. She is a full-time Harvard faculty member, teaching budgeting, cost accounting and public finance, and teaching workshops for newly-elected Mayors and Members of Congress. Since 2005, she has led the Greater Boston Applied Field Lab, an advanced course in which teams of student volunteers assist local communities in public finance and operations. Bilmes was twice confirmed by the US Senate, serving as Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Bill Clinton.  She is currently a Presidential appointee on the US Department of Interior National Park System Advisory Board. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and Economists for Peace and Security.

Professor Bilmes has authored or co-authored numerous books, book chapters, articles and opinion pieces, and has testified to Congress on numerous occasions. Her  books include the New York Times bestseller The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict (with Joseph E. Stiglitz)  and The People Factor: Strengthening America by Investing in Public Service (with W. Scott Gould).  She has published in the New York Times, Boston GlobeFinancial Times, Los Angeles Times, Harvard Business Review and WBUR's Cognoscenti, and she appears regularly on national television and radio programs, including "All Things Considered", "On Point", "To the Point" and "Marketplace". Bilmes was featured in the Academy-award nominated documentary "No End in Sight." She is the recipient of the 2008 "Speaking Truth to Power" Award by the American Friends Service Committee. Bilmes previously worked in London, Madrid and Moscow with the Boston Consulting Group. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She holds a BA and MBA from Harvard University and has also taught and studied at Oxford University.

 

 

 

 

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Transparent Engagement

Harvard Kennedy School is proud of its energetic involvement in the world. To better understand how to solve public problems by improving policy and leadership, we engage directly with policymakers, public leaders, governments, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit businesses whose activities affect those problems. However, we recognize that such engagement can raise questions about perceived and potential conflicts of interest, so we disclose publicly the key professional activities of our faculty outside the Kennedy School.

Outside Professional Activities For Linda Bilmes

1. Organization Name:

 US Department of Defense, Joint Task Force, National Capital Region - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,  (IAP)

Sector:  National Military Medicine - providing medical care to wounded warriors and service members and families

Specific Role:  Writing a case study on the consolidation of Walter Reed National Army Hospital and Bethesda Naval Hospital (historical consultant)

Dates of relationship:  Beginning May 2012 through present

2. NAME: 

US Department of Interior National Parks Service Advisory Board

SECTOR:  US Federal Government

Specific Role:  Serve on 12-person official advisory board to the US National Parks Service (appointed to consecutive 4-year term by the US Secretary of the Interior)

Dates:  2010 -present

3. NAME:  US Department of Labor  Advisory Committee on Veterans Training, Employment and Outreach

Sector:  US Federal government, veterans

Specific role:  Serve on advisory committee to US Department of Labor Office of Veterans Affairs, related to employment and training for military veterans (appointed by Secretary of Labor)

Dates:  2011 -present

4.  GRANTS/ OUTSIDE INCOME 

  • Turner Foundation (PI on grant for national parks research)
  • Bechtel Foundation (PI on grant for national parks research)
  • National Parks Foundation (PI on grant for national parks research)
  • Oxford University Blavatnik School of Government  (teaching a course)
  • Brookings Institution (book royalties)
  • Norton Publishers (book royalties)
  • Boston Globe (regular contributor)
  • Cognoscenti (WBUR) regular contributor

5.  UNPAID ADVISORY ROLES:

I am involved in an advisory capacity or board member of the following organizations:

  • Economists for Peace and Security (board member)
  • City of Newton, MA (advisor)
  • City of Boston (advisor)
  • City of Somerville, MA (advisor) 
  • Commission on Devolution in Wales (advisor)
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs (advisory committee on policy)
  • LAM Foundation (charity)
  • National Academy of Public Administration
  • Council on Foreign Relations 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

Phone: 617-495-4753
Office: 79 John F. Kennedy St. Belfer Bldg 409

Faculty Expertise

Cities & Communities
Democracy & Governance
Public Finance

HKS Affiliations

Mailing Address

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138