John D. Podesta
John Podesta served as Chief of Staff to President Clinton. In that capacity, he was responsible for directing, managing, and overseeing all policy development, daily operations, and staff activities of the White House and coordinates the work of federal departments and agencies. President Clinton appointed him to the position in October 1998.
Mr. Podesta first served in the Clinton Administration from January 1993 to 1995 as Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary. In that capacity, he managed the paper flow to and from the President, including coordination of White House Senior Staff advice on Presidential decision memoranda and approval on all Presidential documents. He also served as a senior policy advisor to the President on government information, privacy, telecommunications security and regulatory policy.
Following his tenure as Staff Secretary, Mr. Podesta joined the faculty of The Georgetown University Law Center, his alma mater, as a Visiting Professor of Law, teaching courses on congressional investigations, legislation, copyright and public interest law.
In January 1997, Mr. Podesta returned to the White House as an Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff where he managed policy initiatives, developed overall legislative and communications strategy, and coordinated the selection of senior Administration appointments, including federal judges.
John Podesta has held a number of positions on Capitol Hill including: Counselor to Democratic Leader Senator Thomas A. Daschle (1995-1996); Chief Counsel for the Senate Agriculture Committee (1987-1988); Chief Minority Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks; Security and Terrorism; and Regulatory Reform; and Counsel on the Majority Staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee (1979-1981).
In 1988, Mr. Podesta founded with his brother Tony, Podesta Associates, Inc., a Washington, D.C. government relations and public affairs firm.
A Chicago native, Mr. Podesta worked as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice’s Honors Program in the Land and Natural Resources Division (1976-1977), and as a Special Assistant to the Director of ACTION, the federal volunteer agency, (1978-1979). He has served as a member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and the United States Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy.
Mr. Podesta is a 1976 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and a 1971 graduate of Knox College. He is married to Mary S. Podesta, a Washington, D.C. attorney. They have three children.