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On April 27, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Chris Lu to be the Representative to the United Nations for Management and Reform, with the Rank of Ambassador. The WH released the following brief bio:
Chris Lu, Nominee for Representative to the United Nations for Management and Reform, with the Rank of Ambassador, Department of State
Chris Lu is currently a Senior Strategy Advisor at FiscalNote, a D.C.-based technology company, and the Teresa A. Sullivan Practitioner Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia Miller Center. Previously, in a career of public service that spanned two decades, he served in all three branches of the federal government. From 2014 to 2017, Lu was the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, having been confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate. In this role, he served as the chief operating officer of a department with 17,000 employees and a $12 billion budget. The son of immigrants, Lu was only the second Asian American in history to become deputy secretary of a Cabinet department.
Earlier, from 2009 to 2013, he was the White House Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to the President. During the first term of the Obama Administration, Lu co-chaired the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Prior to his service in the executive branch, Lu worked for then-Senator Obama, first as the Legislative Director, and then as the Acting Chief of Staff. He also served as the Executive Director of the Obama-Biden transition planning efforts in 2008-09. His government experience includes serving as the Deputy Chief Counsel of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and a law clerk to Judge Robert E. Cowen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Lu is a graduate of Princeton University and graduate of Harvard Law School.
This wonderful thread by @AndyKimNJ inspired me to share a few photos:
-My first White House visit when I was 3 (my dad is holding me)
-With @BarackObama in Senate, then WH
-When Pres. Obama greeted my mom (with my nieces/nephews looking on)
— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) April 10, 2021