Meet Biden’s New Deputies in Energy and Labor
President Joe Biden named David Turk as Deputy Secretary of Energy and Julie Su as Deputy Secretary of Labor Feb. 10.
Turk worked under the Obama-Biden administration within the Department of Energy specializing in international technology and clean energy efforts. He was also a deputy special envoy for climate change at the State Department.
More recently, Turk was employed by the International Energy Agency and focused on creating sustainable energy globally.
“Turk also served as the Deputy on the Energy Agency Review Team during the transition to the Biden-Harris Administration, which provided recommendations across the full range of Department of Energy (DOE) issues and offices,” a statement from the White House reads.
Su is currently the Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. She was appointed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom Jan. 2019 to serve as his advisor regarding California Labor and Unemployment.
Su received her law degree from Harvard Law School and continued on to teach at UCLA Law School and Northeastern Law School. In addition to teaching, Su worked at a civil rights lawyer for 17 years and brought many cases against immigrant victims of crime and human trafficking to court.
“In 2014, she launched the first “Wage Theft is a Crime” multi-media, multilingual statewide campaign to reach out to low-wage workers and their employers to help them understand their rights and feel safe speaking up about labor law abuses,” the White House wrote.
Su speaks both Mandarin and Spanish.