"Lu’s extensive experience and his continued efforts advocating for working families will be a great asset for the Department of Labor,” said Johanna Puno Hester, APALA National President. "As the former Cabinet Secretary and previous Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Lu has been a leader in addressing the issues our community faces.”
Lu has demonstrated his commitment to the AAPI workforce where he played a key role in influencing Federal Agencies to make sustainable improvements .He emphasized the importance of data disaggregation as a crucial tool in breaking down the model minority myth in the workforce. By drawing from the Department of Labor’s Report, The Asian American Labor Force in the Recovery, he showcased the hidden employment challenges that many AAPI communities face. Lu strived to ensure AAPI participation in the workforce through his assessments of AAPI worker involvement on multiple levels of federal employment.
"Lu has been a strong partner in our efforts to advance worker, immigrant & civil rights," added Gregory Cendana, APALA Executive Director. “This nomination is a another step forward to increase the presence of AAPI leaders in high-level Administrative positions and APALA looks forward to continuing our partnership with Lu in this new role."