CNAS Board of Advisor
Founder and Chairman, Podesta Group
Tony Podesta is the Founder and Chairman of the Podesta Group, a top-ranked global public affairs firm in Washington, DC, established in 1987. Dubbed one of DC’s “50 heavy lifters” by the Financial Times and “one of Washington’s biggest players” by The New York Times, Tony is a trusted adviser among clients and legislators alike, offering expert tactical guidance informed by decades of legislative, political and public relations experience. Tony has been distinguished by The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The New York Times, GQ, Newsweek and Bloomberg Businessweek, among other publications both inside and outside the Beltway, as a leading lobbyist in Washington today. In addition to being named one of the top 11 lawyer-lobbyists of the last decade by Legal Times, Tony was named “The Lobbyist” by Newsweek, and he has consistently been named a top lobbyist by Roll Call and The Hill newspapers. According to The New York Times, “His clients are going to get a blueprint for how to succeed in official Washington.”
Directing the Podesta Group’s broad policy practice and leading some of the most innovative public outreach campaigns in Washington, Tony has built his three-person business into what is now one of the leading lobbying firms in Washington, DC, according to publications such as The National Law Journal and Fortune. Named a “Washington super lobbyist” by Bloomberg Businessweek, Tony has led the way on some of the most significant policy debates in recent history, honing expertise that ranges from health care to financial services to technology.
Recognized throughout the political and legal community as one of the Democratic Party’s top political strategists, Tony has been active for many years with Democratic congressional leaders and the Democratic Governors Association. As the head of the Podesta Group, Tony has delivered winning outcomes for a growing number of organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 100s, nonprofits, coalitions and local and foreign governments.