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John Podesta

Distinguished Visitor from Practice

B.A., Knox; J.D., Georgetown

John Podesta served as Counselor President Barack Obama from January 2014 to February 2015. His duties included overseeing climate change and energy policy. In 2008,...

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John Podesta served as Counselor 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. 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, he served as White House chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. He also recently served on the President’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.

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Books

  • John Podesta, The Power of Progress: How America's Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Country (New York: Crown Publishing Group 2008).   
  • John Podesta, Think Progress: Ten Big Ideas to Change the Country (New York: Crown Publishing Group 2007).   
  • John Podesta, William J. Perry, Madeleine K. Albright, Graham T. Allison, Samuel R. Berger, Ashton B. Carter, Wesley K. Clark, Thomas E. Donilon, Michele A. Flournoy, Susan E. Rice, John M. Shalikashvili, Wendy R. Sherman, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall & James Steinberg, The U.S. Military: Under Strain and at Risk (Wash., D.C.: National Security Advisory Group 2006).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • John Podesta & Peter Ogden, The Security Implications of Climate Change, 31 Wash. Q. 115-138 (2008).    [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • John Podesta & Peter Ogden, Security Implications of Climate Scenario 1: Expected Climate Change over the Next Thirty Years, in Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Climate Change (Kurt M. Campbell ed., Wash., D.C.: Brookings Institution Press 2008).   
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Books

  • John Podesta, The Power of Progress: How America's Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Country (New York: Crown Publishing Group 2008).   
  • John Podesta, Think Progress: Ten Big Ideas to Change the Country (New York: Crown Publishing Group 2007).   
  • John Podesta, William J. Perry, Madeleine K. Albright, Graham T. Allison, Samuel R. Berger, Ashton B. Carter, Wesley K. Clark, Thomas E. Donilon, Michele A. Flournoy, Susan E. Rice, John M. Shalikashvili, Wendy R. Sherman, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall & James Steinberg, The U.S. Military: Under Strain and at Risk (Wash., D.C.: National Security Advisory Group 2006).   
  • A Little Knowledge: Privacy, Security, and Public Information After September 11 (John Podesta, Peter M. Shane & Richard C. Leone eds., New York: Century Foundation Press 2004).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • John Podesta & Peter Ogden, The Security Implications of Climate Change, 31 Wash. Q. 115-138 (2008).    [W]
  • John Podesta & Raj Goyle, Lost in Cyberspace? Finding American Liberties in a Dangerous Digital World, 23 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 509-527 (2005).    [HEIN] [W]
  • John Podesta, Shadow Creep: Government Secrecy Since 9/11, 2002 U. Ill. J.L. Tech. & Pol'y 361-373.    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • John Podesta & Peter Ogden, Security Implications of Climate Scenario 1: Expected Climate Change over the Next Thirty Years, in Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Climate Change (Kurt M. Campbell ed., Wash., D.C.: Brookings Institution Press 2008).   
  • John Podesta, Peter M. Shane & Richard C. Leone, Introduction, in A Little Knowledge: Privacy, Security, and Public Information After September 11 1-10 (John Podesta, Peter M. Shane & Richard C. Leone eds., New York: Century Foundation Press 2004).    [BOOK]
  • John Podesta, Need to Know: Governing in Secret, in A Little Knowledge: Privacy, Security, and Public Information After September 11 11-22 (John Podesta, Peter M. Shane & Richard C. Leone, eds., New York: Century Foundation Press 2004).    [BOOK]
  • John Podesta, Need to Know: Governing in Secret, in The War on Our Freedoms: Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism 220-236 (Richard C. Leone & Greg Anrig eds., New York: BBS Public Affairs 2003).    [BOOK]

Congressional Testimony

  • White House Travel Office: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on Gov't Reform & Oversight, 104th Cong., Oct. 24, 1995 (Statement of John Podesta, Distinguished Visitor from Practice) (CIS-No.: 96-H401-25).   

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • John Podesta, Postcard from America, 14 Pub. Pol'y Research 193-196 (2007).   
  • John Podesta, USA Patriot Act: The Good, the Bad, and the Sunset, 8 Internet Connection 1 (2002).    [W]
  • John Podesta, USA Patriot Act: The Good, the Bad, and the Sunset, Hum. Rts., Winter 2002, at 3-7.    [HEIN] [W]
  • John Podesta & Josh Gottheimer, Civil Rights: Mixed Messages From the Bush Administration, Hum. Rts., Spring 2001, at 3-6.    [HEIN] [WWW]
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In the News

"The best advice I could have given to John Kelly: Don’t do it!," an opinion piece by Distinguished Visitor from Practice John Podesta, in The Washington Post, July 31, 2017.

"John Podesta joins The Washington Post as a contributing columnist," coverage by The Washington Post, February 23, 2017, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice John Podesta.

6 Friendships That Prove Washington’s Not Totally Polarized, coverage in the Washingtonian, March 18, 2016, featuring John Podesta (L'76), Distinguished Visitor from Practice and Adjunct Professor Richard J. Leon.

"Cardinal Rodríguez at Georgetown: Without Paris climate deal, 'some countries will not have a future'," coverage by National Catholic Reporter, November 4, 2015, featuring an event discussing Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment with remarks by Professor Edith Brown Weiss and Distinguished Visitor from Practice John Podesta (L’76), former counselor to President Obama on climate change and energy policy.

Cardinal, adviser to pope, sees rich, poor responsible to protect earth,” coverage by CatholicPhilly.com, November 3, 2015, featuring an event discussing Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment with remarks by Professor Edith Brown Weiss and Distinguished Visitor from Practice John Podesta (L’76), former counselor to President Obama on climate change and energy policy.

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"The best advice I could have given to John Kelly: Don’t do it!," an opinion piece by Distinguished Visitor from Practice John Podesta, in The Washington Post, July 31, 2017.

"John Podesta joins The Washington Post as a contributing columnist," coverage by The Washington Post, February 23, 2017, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice John Podesta.

6 Friendships That Prove Washington’s Not Totally Polarized, coverage in the Washingtonian, March 18, 2016, featuring John Podesta (L'76), Distinguished Visitor from Practice and Adjunct Professor Richard J. Leon.

"Cardinal Rodríguez at Georgetown: Without Paris climate deal, 'some countries will not have a future'," coverage by National Catholic Reporter, November 4, 2015, featuring an event discussing Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment with remarks by Professor Edith Brown Weiss and Distinguished Visitor from Practice John Podesta (L’76), former counselor to President Obama on climate change and energy policy.

Cardinal, adviser to pope, sees rich, poor responsible to protect earth,” coverage by CatholicPhilly.com, November 3, 2015, featuring an event discussing Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment with remarks by Professor Edith Brown Weiss and Distinguished Visitor from Practice John Podesta (L’76), former counselor to President Obama on climate change and energy policy.

"Politics as Usual: Knox College ties string all the way to the White House," Galesburg Register-Mail, August 2, 2015, featuring Visitor from Practice John Podesta, L'76.

Hillary Clinton Is Pitching Herself To Millennials,” coverage by Huffington Post, May 19, 2015, quoting Distinguished Visitor from Practice John Podesta, L'76.

"Today in Politics: Podesta to Bridge New York and Washington for Clinton Camp,"  coverage in The New York Times, March 6, 2015, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice John Podesta.

"For Hillary Clinton, John Podesta Is a Right Hand With a Punch," coverage in The New York Times, February 15, 2015, featuring John Podesta, L'76, Distinguished Visitor from Practice.

"White House adviser John Podesta will join Clinton team," CBS News, January 14, 2015, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice, John Podesta. Additional coverage in the Wall Street Journal.

"Al Hunt on the Story," an interview on Charlie Rose, November 13, 2014, with Distinguished Visitor from Practice John Podesta, L'76.

"John Podesta," coverage in Politico, September 4, 2014, featuring Distinguished Visitor from Practice John Podesta.

"In West Wing, Strategist Gets Wide Portfolio," coverage in The Wall Street Journal, December 22, 2013, featuring Professor John Podesta.

"Progressives for Progress," Huffington Post, August 30, 2013, featuring alumnus and Visiting Professor John Podesta, L'76.

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