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Zerlina Maxwell

Senior Director of Progressive Programming
Zerlina Maxwell is the Senior Director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM. She is also the co-host of the radio show “Signal Boost” with Jess McIntosh. Signal Boost airs Saturdays at 10am ET/1PM PT on SiriusXM Progress Channel 127. She was formerly the Director of Progressive Media for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. She worked in the campaign’s press shop pitching coverage to progressive media outlets and curating daily messaging for online influencers.  She also acted as a campaign spokesperson for the Presidential Debates.
She is currently an MSNBC Political Analyst, speaker, and writer for a variety of national media outlets. Her writing focuses on national politics, candidates, and the intersection between pop culture and politics, as well as specific policy and culture issues including race, feminism, domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming and gender inequality.
Zerlina is a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and organizations about rape culture, politics, and feminism. She was profiled in the New York Times as a top political twitter voice to follow during the 2012 election season. She was also selected by TIME as having one of the best Twitter feeds in 2014. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Daily News, The Washington Post, JET Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, on theGrio.com, BET.com, Cosmopolitan.com, CNN.com, and in other mainstream media outlets.
In 2015, Zerlina was one of five journalists invited to travel on Air Force One with President Obama on his trip to Selma for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Also, in 2016, Zerlina joined pop superstar Lady Gaga on stage at the 88th annual Academy Awards as part of a special performance of her nominated smash, Til’ It Happens to You from the film The Hunting Ground. In January 2018, Zerlina was named as a member of the Biden Foundation’s Advisory Council for Ending Violence Against Women.
She has a law degree from Rutgers Law School – Newark and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.