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John Podesta to Give Keynote at the 2012 National Summit on Education Reform

• Kristin Lock

WASHINGTON – The Foundation for Excellence in Education today announced that former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta will deliver a lunch keynote address for the fifth annual Excellence in Action National Summit on Education Reform, with Dr. Chester Finn, Jr., president of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, moderating. This keynote will take place at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC, Nov. 27.

Currently serving as chair and counselor of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Podesta has led American Progress to become a notable leader in the development of and advocacy for progressive policy. Prior to founding the Center in 2003, Podesta served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton; he also served in the president’s cabinet and as a principal on the National Security Council. Most recently, Podesta served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team.

Unfortunately, we have reached maximum capacity for the Summit, and registration is closed. However, you can enjoy this exciting event from the comfort of your own computer. All keynote speeches and general sessions will be streamed live at, and all strategy sessions will be filmed and available after the event. Click here to view this year’s agenda.

Members of the press are welcome to cover the conference, including keynote and strategy sessions, however, participation in Q & A times are reserved for attendees. For more details and to apply for credentials for this event, please click here.

The Excellence in Action National Summit on Education Reform annually immerses lawmakers and policymakers in two days of in-depth discussions on proven policies and innovative strategies to improve student achievement. Follow #EIA12 on Twitter for the latest news and updates regarding the 2012 Summit.


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Kristin Lock