Portia Wu is Managing Director of U.S. Public Policy for Microsoft, where she oversees a team tackling federal policy issues critical to the technology industry. She first joined Microsoft as Director of Workforce Policy and continues to focus on federal policy regarding workforce, skills, and immigration.
Portia has extensive experience developing and implementing policy solutions at the federal level. She previously served as Assistant Secretary of the Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she oversaw billions of dollars in federal workforce and training investments. Prior to that she served as Special Assistant to the President for Labor and Workforce Policy in the Obama Administration. She also worked for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, holding several positions at the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, including Labor Policy Director and General Counsel. Portia also worked at the National Partnership of Women and Families as Vice President of Work and Family issues, and as an attorney at Bredhoff & Kaiser, representing workers, unions, and pension fund trustees.