John Podesta

Founder and Board Member, Center for American Progress, Counselor to President Obama, and Former White House Chief of Staff

John Podesta served as Chair of Hillary for America during the 2018 election cycle. Prior to joining Hillary Clinton’s campaign, he served as Counselor to President Barack Obama.  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. He is the former Chair of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.  Prior to founding the Center in 2003, Podesta served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton.