• March 10 - 14, 2025

John Podesta

The White House

Senior Advisor to President Biden for International Climate Policy

John Podesta is the Senior Advisor to President Biden for International Climate Policy at the White House. He is the Founder and former Chair for the Washington, D.C- 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 U.N. 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.

Sessions With John Podesta

Monday, 18 March

  • 04:30pm - 04:55pm (CST) / 18/mar/2024 09:30 pm - 18/mar/2024 09:55 pm

    Spotlight | How U.S. Policy Can Accelerate the Energy Transition

    The year 2024 is pivotal for U.S. ambitions to drive climate action and sustain energy security. The U.S. legal foundations are in place through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. COP28 created a framework for transitioning away from fossil fuels. How will climate ambitions translate into an agenda that drives investment nationally and globally to accelerate emission reductions? How quickly can IRA incentives be incorporated into the tax code? Can permitting reform keep pace with infrastructure demands? What are the strategies to leverage private capital, especially for developing countries? Will industry be welcomed as a partner in innovation and decarbonization? Join a dialogue with the new U.S. Special Presidential Envoy on Climate Change to understand how he is shaping the U.S. agenda for 2024 and preparing for  future challenges.