Brooks Weilbacher ’13
Financial Liaison: International and Field,
Federal Bureau of Investigation
After graduating from college and working overseas, Brooks Weilbacher was recruited to work for the FBI, which was experiencing rapid growth after 9/11. During her six years there, the agency’s budget has grown from $5 billion to more than $9 billion. Today, working for the CFO’s office, her job is to help maintain FBI funding levels by ensuring that resources are well spent.
“In the last two years, tides are turning in Washington and our budgets are flattening as we’re experiencing the effects of a devastating recession. I realized I could have a tremendous impact on my organization if I could apply a business mind set to government. The commute to New York each weekend is worth it because I’m exposed to financiers and Wall Street gurus, and get to hear firsthand how they make their businesses lean. This is what I want to bring back to the government — ways of structuring projects and people to make us a more efficient entity. For me, Columbia’s EMBA bridges the gap between the private and public worlds.”