Carnegie Mellon University

Barry Jackson and Tony Podesta- "The 2016 US Presidential Race: A Friendly Debate from Opposing Sides"

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 4:30-5:45pm, Margaret Morrison 103

Barry Jackson, Former Chief of Staff for House Speaker John Boehner and Republican    
Tony Podesta, Top Washington Lobbyist and Democrat

Barry Jackson served as Chief of Staff for Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-West Chester) from 2010 to June 2012 and was Speaker Boehner’s first Chief of Staff from 1991 thru 2001. During that time, Barry was also Executive Director of the House Republican Conference during Speaker Boehner’s tenure as Chairman from 1995 until 1999. Speaker Boehner described Barry as "one of the most results-oriented professionals I've ever had the privilege of working beside."

Prior to his return to Speaker Boehner’s office, Barry served from 2001 to 2009 in the White House of President George W. Bush as the first director of the newly created Office of Strategic Initiatives. Barry completed his service to the White House as Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs. In this role he managed the White House offices of Political Affairs, Public Liaison, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Strategic Initiatives.

Tony Podesta- 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.

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