CSPC Senior Fellow
From January 2009 to February 2013, Chris Lu served as Assistant to the President and White House Cabinet Secretary. In this role, he was President Obama’s primary liaison to the federal departments and agencies, helping to coordinate policy and communications strategy. As one of the highest-ranking Asian Americans in the Obama Administration, Mr. Lu also served as Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
When Mr. Lu announced his departure from the White House, President Obama thanked him for “his friendship and exceptional service to our nation,” and noted that “[t]hrough his dedication and tireless efforts, Chris has overseen one of the most stable and effective Cabinets in history – a Cabinet that has produced extraordinary accomplishments over the past four years.”
From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Lu served as Legislative Director and Acting Chief of Staff for then-Senator Obama, where he helped to pass landmark ethics, transparency, and non-proliferation legislation.
In May 2008, Senator Obama asked Mr. Lu to help plan for a possible Presidential transition. Over the next six months, Mr. Lu worked behind the scenes to put together an organization to manage the transition from campaigning to governing. The day after Election Day, Mr. Lu was formally named the Executive Director of the Presidential transition team – an effort described by outside observers as one of the most effective transitions in history.
After leaving the White House, Mr. Lu was a fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. He currently provides strategic advice to corporate and non-profit clients.
Mr. Lu began his political career as Deputy Chief Counsel for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he conducted high-profile government investigations. A magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and cum laude Harvard Law School, Mr. Lu also has worked as a law clerk to a federal court of appeals judge, and a litigation attorney at a large D.C. law firm.