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Meet the Speakers: Tony Podesta

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Tony Podesta
Founder and Chairman of The Podesta Group 

Dubbed one of D.C.’s “50 heavy lifters” by the Financial Times and “one of Washington’s biggest players” by The New York Times, Tony is recognized by his peers, the news media and decision-makers across the federal government as the man with the judgment and smart, strategic sense to get things done. A trusted advisor among clients and legislators alike, Tony offers expert tactical guidance informed by decades of legislative, political and public relations experience. He has been distinguished by The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The New York Times, GQ, Newsweek and Bloomberg Businessweek as a leading lobbyist in Washington. 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. 

Directing the Podesta Group’s broad policy practice and leading some of the most innovative public outreach campaigns in Washington, Tony has built his business into one of the leading lobbying firms in Washington. Named a “Washington super lobbyist” by Bloomberg Businessweek, he 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 years with Democratic congressional leaders as well as with many rank-and-file members in both the House and Senate. Additionally, he is active with the Democratic Governors Association and maintains close relationships with governors from coast to coast. As the head of the Podesta Group Tony has delivered winning outcomes for businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 100s, nonprofits, coalitions, and local and foreign governments.