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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.

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We Can't Wait: The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

(377) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 9:03 AM

From severe storms to sea level rise, the United States is already experiencing the impacts of climate change, prompting more policymakers to realize the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But some are still claiming uncertainty about the underlying science of climate change, saying it would be...

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A Clear Plan to Cut Poverty and Restore Shared Prosperity in the U.S.

(221) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 2:19 PM

The 99 percent movement has given voice to a sentiment that is felt around the kitchen tables as much as it is reflected in most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau: Wealth is concentrating in the top one percent, while the middle-class is eroding and the ranks of the...

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Building Blocks Toward Global Climate Action

(157) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 12:57 PM

As international climate change negotiators confer in Cancún over the next ten days, a sweeping new global agreement won't be on the table. The groundwork has not been laid for that. Instead they may start to pivot toward a new strategy of gradualism, and that would be a step in...

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On The Ground in Rwanda

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2008 | 6:29 PM

Today was an emotional moment for me and for the rest of our delegation. There is so much pain in Rwanda's past, and out of that pain has come a society that is committed to reconciliation. They are trying to move forward together. This was one of the most...

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Kick The Oil Habit

(51) Comments | Posted August 24, 2006 | 3:21 PM

One year after President Bush promised that new legislation would "take pressure off price for American consumers," our country finds itself in an energy crisis. Gas prices have risen 67 cents and hover around record levels. Crude oil prices are nearing $80 a barrel. BP announced

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