Christine Pelosi is a young political strategist and daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry is a former Director for the Young Democrats of America and daughter of Senator John Kerry. They will share their thoughts on the upcoming elections and what is at stake. YDM & YDA partnered as part of a national effort to empower youth to invest in their government by voting, and invest in their future by helping elect Democratic leaders who invest in education, green energy, and public transportation.
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About Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry: Vanessa Bradford Kerry is the younger daughter of John Kerry and his first wife, Julia Thorne. She gained national recognition while campaigning for her father during the 2004 presidential election. Kerry took a leave from her medical studies in order to campaign for her father's presidential bid in 2004, even introducing him at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of Young Democrats of America and was recently elected as a term member to the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to her political work, she has written on the impact of trade agreements on affordable drug access for developing countries, as well as the role of governance and international forces on health in these countries. As part of her work, she has traveled to Rwanda and researched the role of NGOs in the country, and their outcomes on public health. She continues to give lectures on her experience on the campaign trail, the current political landscape, and the role of youth in political change. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School.
About Christine Pelosi: Pelosi is the daughter of Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and businessman Paul Pelosi. Attorney, author, and activist Christine Pelosi has a lifetime of grassroots experience in politics and public policy. She conducts leadership boot camps for candidates and nonprofits across the country and teaches the Public Service Leadership Boot Camp for UC Berkeley extension in San Francisco. Her book, Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders, emerged from her years of grassroots activism and service as director of the AFSCME PEOPLE/New House PAC Congressional Candidates Boot Camp, which worked with over 75 challengers in 2006 and 2008, 23 of whom are now Members of Congress. Christine has served as executive director of the CA Democratic Party, deputy city attorney and assistant district attorney for the City of San Francisco, HUD special counsel in the Clinton-Gore administration, and chief of staff to U.S. Congressman John F. Tierney (MA-06). She chaired the CA Democratic Party Platform Committee for 13 years and has been elected 4 times to the Democratic National Committee, where she co-founded the DNC Veterans and Military Families Council.
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