Ask the Leader

Ask the Leader

Session Type(s): Plenary

Starts: Saturday, Jun. 22 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Saturday, Jun. 22 4:15 PM (Eastern)

Join moderator Zerlina Maxwell and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, in a substantive discussion about current issues and legislative process. Tweet your questions with the hashtag #AskPelosi in advance or live during the session.

Boxed lunches generously sponsored by the Sierra Club.


Zerlina Maxwell


Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst and contributing writer for,, and She writes about national politics, candidates, and specific policy and culture issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming and gender inequality. She has consulted with the United States Department of State to promote the use of social media by students in the West Bank. Her writing has also appeared in JET Magazine, on, The Huffington Post, The American Prospect,, and She is also a frequent guest on Make It Plain with Mark Thompson on Sirius XM Left and on Fox News.

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives in the 113th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, she served as the first woman Speaker of the House and is the first woman in American history to lead a major political party in Congress. Leader Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California’s 12th District, for 26 years.

Under Pelosi’s leadership, the 111th Congress was heralded as “one of the most productive Congresses in history” by Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. She spearheaded passage of historic health reform legislation which will provide insurance for tens of millions more Americans while lowering health care costs. Other accomplishments include historic investments in college aid, clean energy, and initiatives to help small businesses and veterans. She is a powerful voice for civil rights and human rights around the world for decades.

Pelosi and her husband, Paul Pelosi have five grown children and nine grandchildren.

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