Leader Pelosi to take questions at NN13

We’re excited to announce that House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will be returning to Netroots Nation this year in San Jose! But we’re also really honored to introduce you to this year’s Ask the Leader moderator, Zerlina Maxwell. If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet her yet, you’re going to want to make sure you’re following her on Twitter and other online venues.

Many evenings she’s battling it out on cable news with conservatives. After being activated by Barack Obama in 2008, she found her way to Netroots Nation in 2010 as a Democracy for America scholarship winner. Check out her announcement to our email list below. We feel like this announcement encompasses some of the best pieces of what we do at Netroots Nation each year.

askpelosiMy name is Zerlina Maxwell. As a feminist blogger, pundit and member of the Netroots community, I’m honored to be moderating a conversation with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi this summer at Netroots Nation.

Like past Ask the Leader sessions at Netroots Nation, questions will be solicited online in advance of the interview. I’ll collect questions on blogs and Facebook in the coming weeks, but you can start submitting questions now on Twitter.

Follow me on Twitter @zerlinamaxwell and let me know what you want to #AskPelosi.

I hope you’re planning on attending Netroots Nation. Over the past several years, the conference has given me a chance to meet many of the journalists and activists I’ve admired online for years–relationships that evolved into collaborative efforts and career successes, including this opportunity to interview House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on the big stage.

Like many of you, I was captivated in 2008 by Barack Obama’s candidacy and campaign. When his primary victory became official, I decided to become a part of history, eventually moving to Virginia to work on the campaign. That experience was the beginning of my Netroots story.

After the campaign, I returned to law school and became involved with New Leaders Council, which trained me on things like fundraising and communication. It was during that process that I realized I wanted to write about politics and become involved in punditry. So when I heard about the Netroots Nation scholarship program, I applied and won a scholarship to Netroots Nation 2010.

Since 2010, I’ve become heavily involved in the Netroots community, speaking on panels and being a part of their panel selection committee. So as a member of this community, I’m excited to moderate this conversation with Leader Pelosi.

What do you want to hear about this summer? Let me know on Twitter, and I’ll start compiling ideas.

Thanks for being a part of this with me.

Zerlina Maxwell


Executive director of Netroots Nation and Netroots Foundation.

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