Julian Purdy is honored and proud to serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy of Veterans' Employment and Training Service in the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Julian has over 12 years of service working for and in the federal government. As a former Army NCO, he is truly dedicated to public service and to the betterment of our nation's heroes.
Prior to his appointment by the Biden Harris Administration to DOL, Julian served as a Professional Staff Member on the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. On the Veterans' Affairs Committee, Julian was responsible for conceptualizing, drafting, and analyzing legislation related to military transition, employment, education, vocational training, home loans, and homelessness. During his tenure, he was one of the leading contributors for H.R. 7105, the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, which increases protections for student veterans, expands benefits for homeless veterans, and mitigates the impact of COVID-19 on veterans.
Julian built his acumen for veteran’s issues while serving as a Legislative Assistant in the Office of Rep. Adam Smith, where he worked on a wide range of domestic policies. He began his career on Capitol Hill through two programs that bolstered his desire to improve the lives of his fellow Americans through legislation: the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives' Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Legislative Internship Program. Before working in the Legislative Branch, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve for eight years.
Julian hails from Northern Virginia and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in International Business from Bethune-Cookman University.