David Wu has been appointed to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration at USDA. Wu will be assuming the role following the departure of Deputy Assistant Secretary Don Bice.
Wu officially joined USDA on Oct. 21, 2019, as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration. Wu, a California native, comes to the USDA from Kentucky where he was the Director of Business Innovations and Process Improvements for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which houses the majority of Kentucky state government.
Previously, Wu hired the cabinet and ran the administration for the Governor of Illinois as the state's Director of Government Transformation and Chief Operating Officer. In addition, he has extensive private sector experience in finance, journalism and start-ups in the U.S. and overseas. Wu previously served as a policy director for former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. He also worked for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
Wu earned a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Bice served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration since February of 2018 but led Department Administration since September of 2017. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bice spearheaded efforts to modernize and improve the delivery of administrative services.
“Don Bice has played a critical role in ensuring USDA is the most efficient, effective, customer focused agency in the federal government. He has made great strides in the modernization of the department and has carried out our vision with dedication and passion. I thank Don for his service on behalf of the American people and wish him well in the future,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “David Wu’s extensive experience and expertise make him a perfect fit for this role. I am confident that with David Wu’s leadership, USDA will continue to carry out our mission to provide the American people with the best customer service in the federal government.”
“I am grateful to Secretary Perdue for allowing me the opportunity to serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration and be a part of his leadership team. I am proud of what the DA family and our extended USDA family have accomplished,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Bice.