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
|Leaning Into the Politics of Climate Change||Center for American Progress Action||June 29, 2020|
|Domestic Data Collection and Privacy Rights||Center for American Progress Action||July 23, 2013|
|Modernizing Performance: Using the New Framework||Center for American Progress Action||March 16, 2011|
|The Freedom of Information Act: Ensuring Transparency and Accountability in the Digital Age||Center for American Progress Action||March 15, 2011|
|Lifting the Crushing Burden of Debt||Center for American Progress Action||March 10, 2011|
|The Results Are in: Midterm Elections Point to New Responsibilities in Washington||Center for American Progress Action||November 3, 2010|
|Challenges and Lessons Learned in Transitioning the Federal Government||Center for American Progress Action||April 22, 2010|
|Europe Matters in the British Election||Center for American Progress Action||April 22, 2010|
|Perspectives on Long-Term Deficits||Center for American Progress Action||January 21, 2010|
|Increasing Competitiveness Through Clean Energy||Center for American Progress Action||October 29, 2009|
|The Strategic and Economic Dialogue: Setting the Agenda, Achieving Results||Center for American Progress Action||September 11, 2009|
|Reforming Federal Contracting to Promote Higher Labor Standards||Center for American Progress Action||July 10, 2009|
|Testimony of John D. Podesta at Vice President Biden’s Middle Class Task Force||Center for American Progress Action||February 27, 2009|
|Solving Our Nation’s Energy Predicament||Center for American Progress Action||February 24, 2009|
|Too Much Secrecy Puts Our Nation at Risk||Center for American Progress Action||September 16, 2008|
|The Power of Progress||Center for American Progress Action||August 19, 2008|
|Half in Ten Campaign Announcement||Center for American Progress Action||May 13, 2008|
|A Progressive Vision for Higher Education: A View from Washington||Center for American Progress Action||May 5, 2008|
|Overlooked So Far: The Nation’s Unmarried Women in 2008||Center for American Progress Action||April 10, 2008|
|A Practical and Progressive Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan||Center for American Progress Action||January 17, 2008|
|Progressive Growth||Center for American Progress Action||November 28, 2007|
|Strategic Drift in Iraq||Center for American Progress Action||October 31, 2007|
|Making America a Clean-Energy Leader||Center for American Progress Action||June 21, 2007|
|Memo on Pending Energy Legislation||Center for American Progress Action||June 11, 2007|
|Get This Party Started : How Progressives Can Fight Back and Win||Center for American Progress Action||February 10, 2006|