John Podesta

Founder, Center for American Progress; Former Chief of Staff, President Bill Clinton

John Podesta is the founder and a member of the board of directors for the Center for American Progress. Podesta served as counselor to President Barack Obama, where he was responsible for coordinating the administration’s climate policy and initiatives. In 2008, he served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team. He was a member of the U.N. Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Podesta previously served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton. He chaired Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president in 2016.

Podcast Guest Appearances

Biden’s Climate Opportunity (Part 2)

Can President Biden bring the country back together - and move it forward?

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel believes he can. “I think if there was ever the right kind of leader at the right time for this country, it’s Joe Biden,” Hagel says. “I know this guy very well… his judgment is good, his experience is good and his appeal to the other party is reaching across the aisle.”