Tony Podesta | Founder & Chairman

Tony Podesta | Founder & Chairman

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • BA, University of Illinois at Chicago | JD, Georgetown University Law Center

Many people in Washington can tell you what just happened to you. Tony Podesta helps you change outcomes. From the halls of the Capitol to the agencies that operate the country, Tony draws on his unique mastery of how the nation’s capital works to navigate the policy landscape as Founder and Chairman of the Podesta Group. 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 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 adviser among clients and legislators alike, Tony does more than talk on behalf of clients – he leverages what POLITICO calls an “in-the-trenches sensibility” to offer 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.” And “to the surprise of no one in the capital’s K Street corridor, Mr. Podesta – Democratic fund-raiser, avid art collector and member of a family brand in Washington – has had a big hand in both (cleaning up Wall Street and cleaning up the Gulf Coast). And medical companies have also been drawn to his firm, particularly in the wake of health care legislation.”

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. And despite the firm’s growth, he maintains its client-focused, all hands-on deck approach that delivers results.

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 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, which POLITICO calls “a king of K Street,” Tony has delivered winning outcomes for a growing number of businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 100s, nonprofits, coalitions and local and foreign governments. His success over the past 20 years confirms what the media has been saying: If you want something done in Washington, DC, you go to Tony Podesta. 


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