Professor Linda Bilmes is an expert on budgeting and public finance. She is a full-time faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School and a former Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of the US Department of Commerce. She has co-authored multiple books, including the New York Times bestseller The Three Trillion Dollar War, and has written extensively on the cost of war, veterans’ issues, national parks, and financial topics. She has featured in several films, including Charles’ Ferguson’s award-winning documentary No End In Sight. She serves on the US Department of Interior National Park System Advisory Board and the US Department of Labor Advisory Committee on Veterans Employment, Outreach and Training. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and holds a BA and MBA from Harvard University.