Microsoft Names Director of Public Policy
Microsoft has promoted Portia Wu to Managing Director of U.S. Public Policy. Since June 2017, she had been the company's Director of Workforce Policy. Wu has spent her career developing and implementing labor policy and developing expertise in key policy levers including legislation, regulation, executive action, and budget development. An alumna of President Barack Obama's administration, Wu previously served as a Special Assistant to the President for Labor and Workforce Policy in the White House Office of Domestic Policy Council and then moved to the Department of Labor, where she served as Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration. Before her time in the Obama administration, the 48-year-old served as VP of the National Partnership for Women and Families, an organization that promotes health care, reproductive rights, workplace fairness, and workplace policies such as paid sick days and paid family leave. She took that job after working in the office of former Senator Ted Kennedy as his General Counsel and Labor Policy Advisor. The 1991 Yale graduate went on to earn her Master’s at Cornell in 1993 before returning to Yale to complete law school in 1998. In her new role, the NY native will report to Fred Humphries, Microsoft's Corporate VP of U.S. Government Affairs. More about her here.