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Heather Podesta, who launched the cutting-edge government relations firm, Heather Podesta + Partners, in January 2007, is a leading legislative and public policy strategist with experience on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. Heather Podesta + Partners was recently named one of DC’s top 50 government relations firms by The National Law Journal.
Podesta has guided clients from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits to success in Congress and the Executive Branch. Providing common-sense advice on issues ranging from education, health care, and technology to tax and trade policy, her work has been highlighted in several major media outlets, with profiles in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Legal Times recognized her as one of the Top 10 "Leading Lawyers in Government Affairs."
Podesta previously worked for several U.S. Members of Congress on the tax writing committees, including the late Representative Robert Matsui (D-CA), Representative Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), and Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ). She also served as Assistant General Counsel at the Air Transport Association and General Counsel at the Airlines Clearing House.
Podesta is an active Democratic organizer and political adviser to many elected officials in Washington, DC and in state capitals across the nation. She is a Trustee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; serves on the Advisory Board of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection; sits on the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley; is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ford’s Theater; and is on the Washington DC Police Foundation Board.
EducationBA, University of California, Berkeley
JD, University of Virginia School of Law