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John David Podesta

John David Podesta, think-tank executive, law educator, former White House chief of staff. Bar: District of Columbia 1976. Named one of The 50 Most Powerful People in District of Columbia, Gentlemen’s Quarterly magazine, 2007, 2009.

Background

  • Podesta, John David was born on January 8, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of John David, Senior and Mary (Kokoris) Podesta.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Knox College, 1971. Juris Doctor, Georgetown University, 1976.

    Career

    • Trial attorney United States Department Justice, Washington, 1976-1977. Special assistant to director ACTION, 1978-1979. Counsel Senate Judiciary Committee, 1979-1981.

      Chief minority counsel Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, 1981-1986. Chief counsel Senate Agricultural Committee, 1987-1988. President, general counsel Podesta Associates, Inc., 1988-1993.

      Assistant to president, staff secretary The White House, 1993-1995, assistant to president, deputy chief of staff, 1997-1998, chief of staff to President, 1998—2001. President, Chief Executive Officer Center American Progress, since 2001. Co-chairman Barack Obama Presidential Transition Team, 2008—2009.

      Visiting professor law Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, 1983, Washington, 1995—1997, Washington, 1998—2000, Washington, since 2001. Chair United States Senate subcommittee, Task Force Privacy and Technology, Washington, 1991. Member council Administrative Conference United States, Washington, 1993—1995.

      Member Committee Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy, Washington, 1995.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia 1976.

    Works

    • Author: Protecting Electronic Messaging, 1990.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    Fellow: Natural Resources Defense Council (senior ). Member: American Bar Association (council, secretary individual rights and responsibilities since 1994, chair 2002-2003), District of Columbia Bar (chair administrative law section 1982-1983), League Conservation Voters (board directors since 2001).

    Connections

    • Married Mary Spieczny, November 4, 1978. Children: Megan Rouse, Mae, Gabriel.
    John David Podesta
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    Born January 8, 1949
    (age 68)
    • 1971
      Knox College
    • 1976
      Georgetown University
    • 1976 - 1977
      Trial attorney, United States Department Justice
      Washington, United States
    • 1978 - 1979
      special assistant, to director ACTION
    • 1979 - 1981
      counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee
    • 1981 - 1986
      chief minority counsel, Senate Judiciary Subcommittee
    • 1987 - 1988
      chief counsel, Senate Agricultural Committee
    • 1988 - 1993
      president, Podesta Associates
    • 1988 - 1993
      general counsel, Podesta Associates
    • 1997 - 1998
      assistant, The White House
    • 1997 - 1998
      staff secretary, The White House
    • 2001
      president, Center American Progress
    • 2001
      Chief Executive Officer, Center American Progress
    • 2008 - 2009
      co-chairman Barack Obama President, ial Transition Team
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