John Podesta is the founder and a board member of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for American Progress. He served as the Chair of the Hillary for America Campaign Committee. Prior to joining Hillary Clinton’s campaign, he served as Counselor to President Barack Obama from January 2014 to February 2015. His duties included overseeing climate change and energy policy.
In 2008, he served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team, 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.
Prior to founding the Center for American Progress in 2003, Mr. Podesta served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton.
He also recently served on President Obama’s Global Development Council and the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Additionally, Podesta has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill, including counselor to Democratic Leader Sen. Thomas A. Daschle (1995-1996).
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 is the author of The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate and Our Country.