John Podesta is Chair of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Under his leadership American Progress has become a notable leader in the development of and advocacy for progressive policy.

Prior to founding the Center in 2003, Podesta served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton. He served in the president’s cabinet and as a principal on the National Security Council. While in the White House, he also served as both an assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, as well as staff secretary.

Podesta served as co-chair of President Barack Obama’s transition, where he coordinated the priorities of the incoming administration’s agenda, oversaw the development of its policies, and spearheaded its appointments of major cabinet secretaries and political appointees.

Additionally, Podesta has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill, including counselor to Democratic Leader Sen. Thomas A. Daschle (1995-1996).

He is currently serving on the U.N. Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

A Chicago native, Podesta is a graduate of Knox College and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he is currently a visiting professor of law. He also authored The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate and Our Country.

By John Podesta
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Leaning Into the Politics of Climate ChangeCenter for American Progress ActionJune 29, 2020
Domestic Data Collection and Privacy RightsCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 23, 2013
Modernizing Performance: Using the New FrameworkCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 16, 2011
The Freedom of Information Act: Ensuring Transparency and Accountability in the Digital AgeCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 15, 2011
Lifting the Crushing Burden of DebtCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 10, 2011
The Results Are in: Midterm Elections Point to New Responsibilities in WashingtonCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 3, 2010
Challenges and Lessons Learned in Transitioning the Federal GovernmentCenter for American Progress ActionApril 22, 2010
Europe Matters in the British ElectionCenter for American Progress ActionApril 22, 2010
Perspectives on Long-Term DeficitsCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 21, 2010
Increasing Competitiveness Through Clean EnergyCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 29, 2009
The Strategic and Economic Dialogue: Setting the Agenda, Achieving ResultsCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 11, 2009
Reforming Federal Contracting to Promote Higher Labor StandardsCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 10, 2009
Testimony of John D. Podesta at Vice President Biden’s Middle Class Task ForceCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 27, 2009
Solving Our Nation’s Energy PredicamentCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 24, 2009
Too Much Secrecy Puts Our Nation at RiskCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 16, 2008
The Power of ProgressCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 19, 2008
Half in Ten Campaign AnnouncementCenter for American Progress ActionMay 13, 2008
A Progressive Vision for Higher Education: A View from WashingtonCenter for American Progress ActionMay 5, 2008
Overlooked So Far: The Nation’s Unmarried Women in 2008Center for American Progress ActionApril 10, 2008
A Practical and Progressive Economic Stimulus and Recovery PlanCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 17, 2008
Progressive GrowthCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 28, 2007
Strategic Drift in IraqCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 31, 2007
Making America a Clean-Energy LeaderCenter for American Progress ActionJune 21, 2007
Memo on Pending Energy LegislationCenter for American Progress ActionJune 11, 2007
Get This Party Started : How Progressives Can Fight Back and WinCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 10, 2006