Who should be America's chief technology officer?

Since 1987, Nancy Pelosi has represented California's Eighth District in the House of Representatives. The Eighth District includes most of the City of San Francisco including Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, and many of the diverse neighborhoods that make San Francisco a vibrant and prosperous community.  Overwhelmingly elected by her colleagues in the fall of 2002 as Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi is the first woman in American history to lead a major party in the U.S. Congress.

Before being elected Leader, she served as House Democratic Whip for one year and was responsible for the party's legislative strategy in the House. On January 4, 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.   She has been a proponent of increased investments in health research and authored legislation to create an independent national commission to assess the overall performance of the federal government before, during, and after the September 11 attacks.

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Question: Who should be America's chief technology officer?

Nancy Pelosi: I think there are many people, and I hesitate to name some at the exclusion of others. But that would be very good news, that the President would recognize that we need a chief technology officer.

Many who could fill bill, the first name I think that would not offend anyone, because he's so great and everyone knows it, would be Sid Drell, who was the former director of the Linear Accelerator [Center] at Stanford, and now his daughter is [Persis Drell]. He is a respected person in the technology field.

I'd be interested in who Sid Drell thought would be good.

But it would be a giant step forward for our country, because the investments that we must make in technology hold the answers for our issues that relate to healthcare, innovation, global warming, rebuilding infrastructure of America, everything depends on investments in science and technology.


Recorded on: June 24, 2008