John D. Podesta
John D. Podesta

Founder

Washington Center for Equitable Growth

John Podesta is a founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Under his initial leadership, Equitable Growth launched as a start-up housed within the Center for American Progress, which he founded in 2003. Podesta left Equitable Growth to serve as counsel to President Barack Obama before becoming the chair of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Prior to founding CAP in 2003, Podesta served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton. Additionally, Podesta served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team and has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill. Podesta is a graduate of Knox College and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he is currently a visiting professor of law. He also authored “The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate and Our Country.” He is currently serving on the U.N. Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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