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John Podesta is currently serving as Counselor to the President. His duties include 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.
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. He is the author of The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate and Our Country.
John Podesta's Posts
- October 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM EDT
The Obama administration launches the first round of the Climate Action Champions Competition, to recognize and support the path-breaking steps that local and tribal governments are already taking to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
- September 23, 2014 at 2:20 PM EDT
Leaders from more than 120 countries gathered in New York for the UN Climate Summit. On the agenda: a challenge that knows no borders, produces devastating local impacts, and requires global action.
- September 16, 2014 at 2:18 PM EDT
Today, fulfilling a commitment under the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration is announcing new private sector commitments and executive actions to reduce emissions of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), powerful greenhouse gases that exacerbate climate change.
- August 5, 2014 at 4:03 PM EDT
Climate change poses serious challenges for Africa -- from extreme weather to sea level rise to drought. But building resilience to climate impacts and expanding clean energy resources will create opportunities across Africa, and help the continent continue its progress toward building sustainable, dynamic economies for decades to come.
- June 3, 2014 at 5:11 PM EDT
At the U.S.-Africa Energy Ministerial in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announces the 27 private-sector partners of “Beyond the Grid” –- a new Power Africa initiative to unlock investment and growth specifically for off-grid and small-scale energy solutions.
- May 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM EDT
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the solar panels on the White House roof, and learn more about the new public- and private-sector commitments that organizations have made to advance solar deployment and invest in energy efficiency.
- May 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM EDT
- April 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM EDT
John XXIII and John Paul II defined what it meant to be Catholic in the 20th century. Their influence and their example as men of humility, compassion, service, and faith provide profound lessons to people around the world.
- April 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM EDT
On this Earth Day, Administration officials will be joining Americans around the country to talk about our environmental and climate challenges.
- April 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM EDT
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosts the 10 defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for a first-of-its-kind gathering on U.S. soil.