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Law educator , think-tank executive

John David Podesta, American Lawyer, law educator. Bar: District of Columbia 1976. Member American Bar Association (county, secretary on individual rights and responsibilities since 1994), District of Columbia Bar (chair administrative law section 1982-1983).


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


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


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.


  • Bar: District of Columbia 1976.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Protecting Electronic Messaging, 1990.


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).


Married Mary Spieczny, November 4, 1978. Children: Megan Champagne, Mae, Gabriel.

John David Senior Podesta

Mary (Kokoris) Podesta

Mary Spieczny

Gabriel Podesta

Mae Podesta

Megan Champagne Podesta