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John Podesta

Senior Advisor to the President for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation, White House


(He/him) John Podesta is the senior advisor to President Biden for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation (OCEII) at the White House. He is the founder and former chair for the Washington, DC-based think tank Center for American Progress and a founder and former chair of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Podesta served as counselor to President Barack Obama, where he was responsible for coordinating the administration’s climate policy and initiatives. In 2008, he served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team. He was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Podesta previously served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton. He chaired Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president in 2016. 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.
John Podesta