Deputy Secretary of Labor
AB, Class of 1988
Chris Lu is Deputy Secretary of Labor. From January 2009 to February 2013, Lu served as Assistant to the President and White House Cabinet Secretary. In this role, he was President Obama’s primary liaison to the federal departments and agencies, helping to coordinate policy and communications strategy.
When Lu announced his departure from the White House, President Obama thanked him for “his friendship and exceptional service to our nation,” and noted that “[t]hrough his dedication and tireless efforts, Chris has overseen one of the most stable and effective Cabinets in history – a Cabinet that has produced extraordinary accomplishments over the past four years.”
From 2005 to 2009, Lu served as Legislative Director and Acting Chief of Staff for then-Senator Obama. In May 2008, Senator Obama asked Lu to help plan for a possible Presidential transition. Over the next six months, Lu worked behind the scenes to put together an organization to manage the transition from campaigning to governing. The day after Election Day, Lu was formally named the Executive Director of the Presidential transition team – an effort described by outside observers as one of the most effective transitions in history.
Chris Lu began his political career as Deputy Chief Counsel for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he conducted high-profile government investigations. A magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and cum laude Harvard Law School, Lu also worked as a law clerk to a federal court of appeals judge and a litigation attorney at a large D.C. law firm.