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, 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.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
Selected Contributions to Other Publications
Book Chapters & Collected Works
"John Podesta, former presidential chief of staff and counselor, to visit campus," coverage by Yale News, April 10, 2018, 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.
"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.