John Podesta (born January 15, 1949, Chicago, Illinois) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank "dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action." 
Podesta served as Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton from October, 1998 until January, 2001, he also served from 1997-98 as both an Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff. Earlier, from January 1993 to 1995, he was Assistant to the President, Staff Secretary and a senior policy adviser on government information, privacy, telecommunications security and regulatory policy.
Currently, Podesta is a Visiting Professor of Law on the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center, a position he also held from January 1995 to 1997, and also co-chairman of President-elect Barack Obama's Presidential Transition team.
- 1976, graduate of Georgetown University Law Center
- 1971, graduate of Knox College.