WASHINGTON– Today, President Joe Biden nominated Julie Ann Su to serve as Secretary of Labor. APIAHF has endorsed Su’s nomination and applauds the announcement.

“Julie Su is eminently qualified to serve as our next Secretary of Labor. She is best positioned to grow our nation’s economy and ensure the health and well-being of our workers,” said Juliet K. Choi, President and CEO of APIAHF. “As a former colleague of Julie Su, I know firsthand that she will champion worker rights and ensure that all Americans, including Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, will not be marginalized.

“Health and work are continuously intertwined. As health inequities persist in our country, we have full faith that Julie Su will lead the Labor Department and rise to the challenge of keeping our nation’s workforce healthy.”

Su is currently serving as Deputy Secretary of Labor. She previously served as the Labor Secretary for California and as the California Labor Commissioner. Prior to her government service, she worked as a civil rights attorney for 17 years, representing marginalized workers. The daughter of immigrants, Su is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, and was a recipient of the 2019 American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award and of the MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius” Grant.

If confirmed, she will be the first Asian American Cabinet Secretary to serve in the Biden administration.

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The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.