Sally Katzen

Senior Fellow

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Sally Katzen is currently a Senior Advisor at the Podesta Group in Washington, D.C.  She combines her management experience with her knowledge of the executive branch to provide strategic perspective to the firm and its clients as they navigate the Obama administration. As a recognized expert in her field, she has testified before Congress 66 times on a broad range of federal government activity and has served on panels for the National Academies of Science. Her career in the federal government includes eight years in the Clinton administration as Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget from 1999-2001; as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council from 1998-1999; and as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in OMB from 1993-1998, where she was the senior advisor to the President on regulatory policy and process.  Katzen also served on the Agency Review Working Group for the Obama-Biden transition, with responsibility for the Executive Office of the President and Government Operations agencies.

Katzen was the first female partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where she specialized in administrative and legislative practice for more than 25 years. She is also a well-respected professor, having taught at the George Washington, Michigan, George Mason, Pennsylvania, and Georgetown law schools, in addition to Smith College, Johns Hopkins University and the Michigan in Washington Program. She has also served as Chair of the Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association; president of the Federal Communications Bar Association; and president of the Women’s Legal Defense Fund. She is also a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration.  Katzen served as the Acting Chairman of the Administrative Conference from 1993 to 1994.