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Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Joins Business Group Board, Says,

For Immediate Release: 
February 15, 2017

“We need to lift up the voices of business leaders willing to resist policies that compromise our shared values.”

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Bob Keener, American Sustainable Business Council,, (617) 610-6766

WASHINGTON, DC (February 15, 2017)—Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu has joined the board of directors of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), the group announced today.

“During my time as Deputy Secretary of Labor, I worked with so many high-road businesses that understand the value of investing in their workforce and creating shared prosperity,” he said. “These businesses know that there’s a false choice between doing well and doing good. That’s why I’m proud to join the board of the American Sustainable Business Council, which advocates for sustainability and social impact in business. Now more than ever, we need to lift up the voices of business leaders willing to resist policies that compromise our shared values.”

David Levine, CEO and co-founder of ASBC, said, “We are thrilled to have Chris join our board. He is a champion of business policies that make the economy work for all Americans. 

“Our country has a critical opportunity now to listen to the growing number of business innovators in corporate social responsibility, high-road employment practices, and triple-bottom-line principles. We look forward to working with Chris Lu to show policymakers that these innovations point to practical solutions for the nation’s economic, environmental and social problems. ASBC will be doubling down on its market and policy efforts to advance a high-road economy that grows business and creates good jobs in the United States “

After serving at the highest levels of the Obama Administration, Chris Lu is now a senior fellow at the University of Virginia Miller Center, where he provides commentary on politics and policy. He also is a senior strategy advisor at FiscalNote, a D.C.-based technology company.

Over the course of his 20-year career in public service, Lu worked in all three branches of the federal government. He served as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor from 2014 to 2017, having been confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate. From 2009 to 2013, Lu was the White House Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to the President, serving as President Obama's primary liaison to the federal departments and agencies. 

Prior to his service in the Executive Branch, Lu worked for then-Senator Obama, first as the Legislative Director, and then as the Acting Chief of Staff. During the 2008 Presidential primaries, Lu led planning for a possible Presidential transition. After the election, he became the Executive Director of the Obama-Biden Transition.

Lu’s government experience includes eight years working for Rep. Henry Waxman as the Deputy Chief Counsel of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and serving as a law clerk for Judge Robert E. Cowen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He began his legal career as a litigation attorney at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. 

Through his work with universities and think tanks, Lu has helped to deepen the understanding of the political process. He has been a fellow at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. He is the co-editor of the book, Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Congress.

Lu is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries.

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