Julie Su Support Letter - Stand with Asian Americans

Julie Su Support Letter

Asian American business leaders strongly
support Julie Su for Labor Secretary

May 2, 2023

The Honorable Chuck Schumer
Majority Leader
U.S. Senate
322 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Minority Leader
U.S. Senate
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


Dear Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senate Republican Leader McConnell,

We, the undersigned Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and activists, express our support for Deputy Labor Secretary Julie Su’s confirmation as Secretary of Labor of the United States. When confirmed, she would bring critical qualifications and experience to the role and would be one of the highest ranking AAPI leaders, serving in the President’s Cabinet alongside U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai.

Julie Su is a trailblazer whose track record speaks for itself. She served as Labor Secretary for the State of California, one of the world’s largest and most complex economies. She led efforts to combat wage theft, expand access to health care and paid family leave, and provide legal services for workers facing exploitation. Additionally, her experience as U.S. Deputy Labor Secretary has given her a thorough understanding of the Labor Department and the current issues facing the economy, businesses, and workers. As business leaders, we recognize the value of this experience and believe it uniquely positions Julie Su to successfully lead the U.S. Department of Labor.

Julie Su’s story and life experiences make her a strong candidate for the role. She brings a unique perspective that is directly linked to many Americans’ experiences. She grew up in a hard-working immigrant household, has worked with many diverse communities, and served as a civil rights attorney fighting for people’s rights.

Furthermore, Julie’s confirmation helps mitigate the current lack of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) representation in government, which is deeply concerning. A report from the Reflective Democracy Campaign revealed that AAPI members make up just 0.9% of elected leaders across all levels of government, despite representing 6.1% of the population. Additionally, AAPIs own over 2.5 million small businesses and create over 5 million jobs. Their impact on the economy is significant and it is crucial that they are strongly represented at the highest level of government.

We urge the Senate to immediately confirm Julie Su as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor. Her confirmation supports our nation’s ability to build a more inclusive economy and government that better represents its constituents.

Thank you for your time and consideration.



Justin Zhu
Stand with Asian Americans, Co-Founder and Executive Director

Norman Chen
The Asian American Foundation, CEO

Chiling Tong
National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, President/CEO

Lorna Randlett
Leaders Forum, Founder and CEO

Dave Lu
Hyphen Capital, Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Li Lu
Himalaya Capital, Founder and Chairman

Eric Kim
Goodwater Capital, Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Wendy Nguyen
Section, CMO

Eric Toda
Facebook, Global Head of Social Marketing

Hans Tung
GGV Capital, Managing Partner

Debbie Soo
OpenTable, CEO

Steve Chen
YouTube, Co-Founder

Caroline Tsay
The Coca-Cola Company & Morningstar, Board of Directors

Brandon Sim
ApolloMed, CEO

Don Vu
Northwestern Mutual, Chief Data Officer

Ted Lai
Sanofi, Chief Digital Officer

Stephanie Morimoto
Asutra, CEO

Hans Yang
Microsoft, Partner/GM

Anthony Soohoo
Walmart, Former EVP

David Jen
Google, Managing Director

Andrew Chau
Boba Guys, CEO

Michelle Lee
Pinterest, Deputy General Counsel

Vijay Rajendran
500 Global, Head of Portfolio Value

Fermi Wang
Ambarella, CEO

Joanne Kwong
Pearl River Mart, President

Grace Huang
Cox, President, Inventory Solutions

Ben Hur
Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Partner

Jenny Cheng
Google, VP/GM

Alex Chester-Iwata
Mixed Asian Media, CEO

Maeley Tom
Association of Asian American Investment Managers, Co-Founder

Denise Peck
Ascend Leadership, Executive Advisor

Linda Akutagawa
President & CEO, LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics)

Robin Li
GGV Capital, Operating Partner

Sally Chan
Warner Bros. Discovery, Vice President, Community Engagement

Teresa Tang
Brightcove, SVP

Michael Cheek
Accenture, Managing Director

Yanyan Chen
PwC, Director

Paul Gam
Zurich Medical, President & CEO

Dennis Huang
Asian Business Association, Executive Director

Chris Do
APAPA San Francisco, Chairman of the Board

Lily Shen
Transfix, ex-CEO, President

Wendy Lim
Burst Capital, General Partner

Jay Park
Prysm Capital, Co-founder, Managing Partner

Jeannie Diefenderfer
courageNpurpose, Founder & CEO

Judy Tan
Purely, Founder/CEO

Joey Ng
Yami, Chief Marketing Officer

Peter Wang
First Principles Studio, CEO

Tianyi Joe Zhu
Playground Capital, Managing Partner

Teddy Liaw
Nexrep, CEO

Chieh Huang
Boxed, CEO

Gilman Louie
America’s Frontier Fund, CEO

Panney Wei
See the Way Consulting, CEO

Christine Harley
SIECUS, President & CEO

Nanci Nishimura
Cotchett, Partner

Lindy Li
NBC News, Political Contributor

Lamar Heystek
ASIAN, President

Gordon Liao
Promise Holdings, Founder & Managing Partner

Wendy Chou
Dealmakers, Founder

Paul Choi
ALG Digital, Managing Director

Mark Young
Stand With Asians, Co-Founder

Solina Kwan
sKonsulting, Founder & CEO

Mary Hu
Intuit, Corporate Development

Dennis Yu
Shopify, Merchant Success Lead

Gregory Kim
Payment Labs, Advisor

Jay Peir
Tableau, Former EVP

Josh Hon
Tern Bicycles, Team Captain

Elaine MacDonald
Knowledge Impact Network, CEO

Jhoanna Belfer
Bel Canto Books, Owner/Manager

Rosalyn Ng
Roz Ng Design, Founder

Cindy McNamara
Bank of America, Vice President

Judy Joo
Seoul Bird Ltd, “Ceo, chef, author, restaurateur”

Brian Pang
Electronic Arts, Product Development Director

Janet Salazar
Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN) , Executive Chairman and President

Girard Lau
Solicitor General of Hawaii, 2011-2016

Caroline Lew-Wolf
Lew-Wolf Consulting , Founder and Principal

Steven Chin
CapGemini Engineering, Senior Technical Program Manager

Daniel Lee
Smithbucklin , Senior Vice President

Chung-Man Tam
Coalition, Chief Product Officer

Sonny Pepito
Tac City, Managing Director

Nancy Mancison
SAP, Global Cloud advisory

Kimberle Lau
Bake Me Healthy, Owner

Thear Suzuki
“National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, Board Chair”, Partner/Principal

Roy Yang
Giant Machines, CEO

Solange Collins
Blue Sky Talent LLC, Partner

Pete Zheng
Subscribe Store, CEO

Kimberly Latson Harja
Charles Schwab, “Director, Business Strategy”

Jing Zhao
Dataiku, Principal Sales Engineer

Bonnie Youn
The RMN Agency, Managing Director

Dottie Li
TransPacific Communications, LLC, Founder and CEO

David Tran
Flow Club, Co-Founder

Priscilla Tsai
Cocokind, CEO / Founder

Lex Zhao
One Way Ventures, Partner

Mike King
Peking Handicraft, CFO/COO

Arundathi Tayjasanant
Business Operations Lead

Dan-Xia Bossard
Fletcher Knight, Director

Sky Cappucci

Jean Wu
One Workplace, Senior Designer

Elaine Orr
San Mateo County Employees Retirement Association, Trustee

Gene Chuang
FloSports, SVP of Engineering

Jenny Cheng
Google, Vice-President and General Manager

Eric Mix
Kenny Business Solutions , Library Technician

David Shen
David Shen Ventures, President

Jian Song
NIH, Staff Scientist

Julia Hu
Lark Health, CEO

Brian Lau
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Senior Tax Manager

Maxine J
Talent Prep, Program director

Wendy Lim
Burst Capital, General Partner

Bennet Yen
FinancialForce, VP of Product

Zaya Amgaabaatar
PairTree Family, Product Owner

Peter Chang
Nonprofit Consultant

David Hong
Braze, Systems Administrator

Mark Reinheimer
F&B3, Consultant

Jennie Chen
Pliant Therapeutics, Chief of Staff

Helen Valmeo-Yang
Microsoft, Principal product manager

Rodney Cross
NA, Retired

Diana Ying

Eunice Byun
Material, Co-founder and CEO

Amy Truong
VP Engineering

Susan Tien
Susan Tien Search, CEO

Paulo Lee
Qorusdocs, SVP

Julie Milroy
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, VP Supplier Development & Marketing

Stephanie Morimoto
Asutra, CEO

Jenny Trang
Epiq Global, VP, Client Solutions

Josephine Chien
SageForum, CEO

Thomas Lee
BITA, Managing Director

Robert Chen
Exec|Comm, Partner

Stephanie Chen
Northwestern Mutual, Director, Financial Education

Allyson Gee
Coalition Inc, Sr. Employee Experience Manager

Shauna Sweeney Anchin
Tender , CEO

Carl Narcisse
AH, Talent Partner

Allyson Toy
Twitch, Senior Community Program Manager

Zach Heng
Ascend, Greater Washington Chapter, President

Karen Law
Infinite Community Ventures, Managing Partner

Rich Liu
Everlaw, Chief Revenue Officer

Michael Cheek
Accenture, Managing Director

Deepak Kamra
Canaan Partners, General Partner

Ravi Sarin
AEA Growth, Partner

Olivia Chen
Twrl Milk Tea, President & CMO

Ed Lu
Fandom, CFO

Ying Huang
Legend Biotech, CEO

Michael Chen
Pokeworks, President

George Nguyen
Untapped Ventures, Inc, President

Melody Koh
NextView Ventures, Partner

Kathy Ko Chin
Jasper Inclusion Advisors, CEO

Tracy Allen
Northrop Grumman, Manager, Human Resources

Andrew Cheng
Comprador Ltd, Managing Director

Garrett Wong
Draftkings, Senior Director of Growth Marketing

Christopher D Lee
Move Eye Media, CEO / Producer

Kerry Yi
Marigold, Campaign Manager

Vincent Tran
Summer, Co-founder & Chief Product Officer

Jackie Ling

Jessica Zhang
N/A, Marketing Director

Tammy Lee
RIA Strategic Implementation & Execution, Founder & CEO

Amy Koo
Sequoia Union High School District, Board Trustee

Mai Moore
Boss Me In, Social Impact Leader

Tony Pham
Superlayer, VP, Marketing

Jacqueline Jaeger
Coalition, Inc., Business Development

Margaret Shih
Maggie S Consulting, Consultant

Mariya Katrina Punay

Eileen Lee
The Lola, Co-founder and CEO

Clara Loon
Myria.us, Senior Director of Partnerships

Ken Lian
Cheese Financial Inc, CEO

Jenny Jau
Amazon Web Services, Director, Product Management

Fermi Wang
Ambarella, CEO

Anne Benedict
Thomas James Homes (retired), Chief Legal and Administrative Officer

Tony Ling

Tommy Chang
Edwards life sciences, Manager

Eugenia Yen
Community Advocate

Robert Lee
Committee of 100, Former Chair of Committee of 100 and former Chair of Blue Shield of California

Joe Hei
Daylight Design, Managing Director

Roy Ng
Bond Financial Technologies, Inc. , Co-founder & CEO

Truong-An Thai
FloSports, VP Engineering

Hans Yang
Microsoft, “Partner, GM”

Cass Gualvez
SEIU-UHW, Organizing Director

Jingjing Zheng
BEYOO App – Asian Influencer Marketing Platform, Founder and CEO

Andrew Shih
Large consumer brand , Vice President

Caroline Chen
San Jose State University, Associate Professor

Priscilla Lau
Priscilla Lau Consulting, Creator Advocate and DEI Champion

Nate Y

Karen Eng

David Sparks
SparksLaw, Attorney at Law

Jacob Hsu
Just Ventures, General Partner

Grace How
NYC Dept of Education, Assistant Principal

Brian Wong
RADII Media, Founder and Chairman

Stephen Chu
xMeta, Head of Product Partnerships

Wen Ying
BeBetter, Director

Kristen Boyle-Heimann
None, Dr. (PhD)

Karthick Ramakrishnan
CA Commission on APIA Affairs, Chair

Roy Salamé
J.P. Morgan (retired), Managing Director/ Vice Chairman

Vicky Silvano
Asian Real Estate of America, AREAA National Chair

Bill Valdez
Alliance of Latinx Leadership & Policy, Co-Chair & Co-Founder

Dennis King
Wasatch Mountain Institute, Director of Finance

Nguyen Nguyen
Dept of Commerce, Former Chief of Staff to CIO

Eduardo Angeles
ClarkHill, Managing Director and Senior Counsel

Sheldon Pang
White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, Former Commissioner

Lenny Mendonca
State of CA, Former Chief Economic and Business Advisor

Philip Yun
World Affairs Council, Former Clinton appointee

Patrick Yam
Somnology, Chief Executive Officer

Robert Chen
Exec-Comm, Partner

Anna Han
Santa Clara University, Interim Dean

Ronald Wong
Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation, Founder

Ernest Wong
City of Chicago, Chicago Landmarks Commission

Wendy Soone-Broder
The Asia Foundation, Chief Philanthropy Officer

Tejal Shah
Votivate, Co-Founder

Debra Wada
National Commission on Military National & Public Service, Vice-Chair

Vicky Silvano
Asian Real Estate of America, AREAA National Chair

Wenda Fong
Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, Co-Founder

Erikka Wang
AKIRA, Co-Founder

Anita Yu
Westly Foundation, Director

Rebecca Altamirano
Tangelo, Founder

Diana Hwang
Asian American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI), Founder

Thomas Phelps
Laserfiche, SVP of Corporate Strategy & CIO

SK Gupta
Asian Corporate Directors Network, Founder & Former Managing Director

L Jasmine Kim
DigiTx Partners, Advisor

Chun Yee Yip
Lendlease, Director of Social Impact

Patricia Shiu
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Director

Dennis King
Wasatch Mountain Institute, Director of Finance

Hautahi Kingi
Google, Data Scientist

Michael Chang
California, Former Mayor of Cupertino

Otto Lee
Santa Clara County, County Supervisor