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John Podesta: Building Infrastructure for Progressive Politics with the Center for American Progress

Interviewee(s):
Podesta, John
Interviewer(s):
Meeker, Martin
Title:
John Podesta: Building Infrastructure for Progressive Politics with the Center for American Progress
Abstract:
John Podesta was the founding president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, which launched in 2003. Before that, he served in several positions in the administration of President Bill Clinton, including as chief of staff from 1998 to 2001. Podesta also served as chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. In this interview Podesta focuses on the Center for American Progress and discusses the following issues: think tanks, particularly the paucity of progressive ones; idea for the Center for American Progress and establishing it; Herb and Marion Sandler’s roles as key investors and partners; measuring progressive social change; policy research and articulation; issues including national defense and health care; divisions within the Democratic Party; the future for the Center for American Progress.
Subject area(s):
Politics, Law, and Policy
Interview date(s):
2017
Project:
Marion and Herbert Sandler
Rights:
John Podesta, “John Podesta: Building Infrastructure for Progressive Politics with the Center for American Progress,” Marion and Herbert Sandler Oral History Project, conducted by Martin Meeker in 2017, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2019.