President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Portia Y. Wu as assistant secretary for Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor.
Wu currently serves as special assistant to the president for Labor and Workforce Policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC). From 2011 to 2012, she served as the senior policy advisor for Mobility and Opportunity at DPC. Prior to joining the administration, she was the vice president at the National Partnership for Women and Families from 2010 to 2011. From 2003 to 2010, Ms. Wu worked at the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee in a number of roles, including Labor and Pensions Counsel, Chief Labor and Pensions Counsel, and Labor Policy Director and General Counsel. Prior to working in the U.S. Senate, Wu was an attorney at Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC, and clerked for Judge Richard A. Paez in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Wu received a B.A. from Yale College, an M.A. from Cornell University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. (end)