Heather Podesta is an American lobbyist working in Washington, D.C.. She is sister-in-law to former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta and husband of political aid and art collector Tony Podesta. She is the senior partner of the lobbying firm Heather Podesta + Partners. Prior to this, she worked as a Congressional aid to representatives Robert Matsui and Earl Pomeroy.
She was recently profiled by The Washington Post where she was called "The Insider's Insider," "the It Girl," and "A Storm in the Summer of the Lobbyist."
As a lobbyist, her clients include health-care giants Cigna and HealthSouth, drugmaker Eli Lilly and the breast cancer group [[Susan G. Komen] for the Cure; financial giants such as Prudential and Swiss Re; and energy giants such as Marathon Oil, the major utility Southern Co., and Climate Masters, a geothermal heating firm.
As an art collector, her husband and she are involved with the artistic investment group PodestaMattoon . They were the party primarily responsible for the Smithsonian's acquisition of the original artist's sketches of the Obama hope poster.