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Portia Wu

Managing Director of U.S. Public Policy

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, including Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, workforce, and emerging technologies. She first joined Microsoft as Director of Workforce Policy and continues to focus on federal policy regarding workforce, skills, and the future of work. 

Wu 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 as a legislative staffer for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, holding several positions at the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, including Labor Policy Director and General Counsel. She has worked outside government, including as Vice President at the National Partnership for Women & Families and as an attorney at Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC.

Portia serves as a board member for the National Skills Coalition and for Apprenti, a program of the Washington Technology Industry Association Workforce Institute. 

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