Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade and Director of the Department of Business Assistance
Peter Su serves as an Assistant Secretary, focusing on international trade & investment. Prior to his appointment, he served on the Energy Subcommittee of Governor Bob McDonnell’s transition team and was a Deputy Director of Coalitions on his campaign.
In March 2010, Peter joined Governor Bob McDonnell’s Economic Development and Job Creation Team as the Director of the Virginia Department of Business Assistance. VDBA is the lead agency for the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, Virginia Small Business Financing Authority and Virginia Business-One-Stop information service. Under his leadership the Agency won the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Statewide Torchbearer for 2010.
Peter has more than a decade of public and private sector experience in business development, international trade, legislative affairs and information technology. In the federal government, Peter served in the Pentagon as a Country Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; at the U.S. Department of State as a senior foreign affairs officer; and at the U.S. Treasury Department. On Capitol Hill, Peter was a State Department foreign policy advisor to the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group, the U.S.-China Interparliamentary Exchange and the House Small Business Committee.
He most recently supported law enforcement efforts as a contractor at the US Department of Justice and has worked on projects for the US Army Intelligence and Security Command. He has also managed global business affairs at Afton Chemical and was actively involved with small business and minority-owned enterprises in Northern Virginia.
Peter holds an MS Degree in Computer Science from the University of York in England and a Bachelor Degree from Purdue University.