Edley and Podesta join the board at a crucial juncture for Century, as it attempts to help define a new progressive policy agenda in a time of shrinking federal and state resources, public skepticism about government, and concern about terrorism and a war with Iraq.
Edley, who has been a professor at Harvard University Law School since 1981, is a former special counsel to President Bill Clinton. He has served in a wide range of public service positions, including assistant director of White House Domestic Policy Staff in the Carter administration and associate director for economics and government in the Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton administration. He is the author of "Not All Black and White: Affirmative Action, Race and American Values," and is the co-director of the Civil Rights Project at Harvard.
John Podesta, the former chief of staff for President Clinton, is a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. He served in the first Clinton administration as an assistant to the president and staff secretary at the White House, and also as a senior policy advisor to the president. He has also served as chief counsel for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and as chief minority counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism; the Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks; and the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform.
The Century Foundation, formerly called the Twentieth Century Fund, is an 83-year-old policy research foundation that analyzes major economic, political, and social institutions and issues.