Speaker - John D. Podesta

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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.

9 Programs

Launch of Washington Center for Equitable Growth: Panel 1

11.15.13 | 01:19:31 min | 0 comments

Rising Urgency: The Political Culture of Climate Change

06.19.13 | 02:06:19 min | 0 comments

Social Media, Diplomacy and Co-Creation of Dialogue

09.09.09 | 00:25:23 min | 0 comments

America's Energy Future: A Debate

05.14.09 | 01:26:29 min | 5 comments

John Podesta: The Future of Progressivism

10.01.08 | 01:13:19 min | 1 comment

The Brian Lehrer Show at Aspen: Teddy, Barack, and John

07.04.08 | 00:57:28 min | 0 comments

Climate and National Security: Impacts on Foreign Policy

07.02.08 | 01:15:26 min | 0 comments

John Podesta: Cities Respond to Climate Change

06.26.08 | 00:55:00 min | 1 comment

GPF 2006: Social Entrepreneurs Leveraging the Media

04.04.06 | 01:16:59 min | 1 comment