Cecilia Muñoz is the Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House.
Prior to this role, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs where she oversaw the Obama Administration’s relationships with state and local governments.
Before joining the Obama Administration, Cecilia served as Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization. She supervised NCLR’s policy staff covering a variety of issues of importance to Latinos, including civil rights, employment, poverty, farmworker issues, education, health, housing, and immigration. Her particular area of expertise is immigration policy, which she covered at NCLR for twenty years.
Ms. Muñoz has testified numerous times before Congress and appears regularly in the Spanish- and English-language media. Her media credits include the Today Show, Good Morning America, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Dateline NBC, O’Reilly Factor, CNN’s Situation Room, and National Public Radio.
Ms. Muñoz is the former Chair of the Board of Center for Community Change, and served on the U.S. Programs Board of the Open Society Institute and the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Philanthropies and the National Immigration Forum.
Ms. Muñoz is the daughter of immigrants from Bolivia and was born in Detroit, Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. In June 2000, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in recognition of her work on immigration and civil rights. In 2007, she served as the Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She has received numerous other awards and recognitions from various sources, including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and a variety of local non-profit organizations.
Follow Cecilia Muñoz on Twitter @Cecilia44.
Cecilia Muñoz's Posts
- August 14, 2014 at 5:19 PM EDT
The Department of Education unveils a new grant opportunity to partner with states and local communities to expand the reach of high-quality preschool.
- August 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT
Following a meeting with community college leaders, the Administration announces several developments in our efforts to expand college opportunity for all Americans.
- July 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM EDT
The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is an opportunity to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade.
- May 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM EDT
The Corporation for National and Community Service announces over $205 million in new grants to AmeriCorps programs, which will support over 280 organizations across the country engaged in national service.
- May 1, 2014 at 2:53 PM EDT
May is National Foster Care Month, which provides us an opportunity to reflect on the progress we’ve made on behalf of the vulnerable children and youth we have taken into our care.
- April 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM EDT
The Serve America Act is the most sweeping expansion of national service in a generation. The bipartisan legislation expands AmeriCorps to historic levels and directs it toward tackling national priorities, investing in social innovation, and making it easier for people of all ages to participate in the ongoing process of national renewal.
- February 7, 2014 at 6:48 PM EDT
A panel discussion showcases federal place-based programs that are helping to expand opportunity and lift communities out of poverty, mainly through Administration initiatives such as Promise Zones, Choice Neighborhoods, Promise Neighborhoods, and StrikeForce.
- January 24, 2014 at 12:31 PM EDT
Cecilia Muñoz, the Director of President Obama's Domestic Policy Council, takes over the White House Instagram account to give you a look inside the State of the Union process.
- January 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM EDT
In last year’s State of the Union address President Obama laid out his bold vision to expand access to high-quality pre-school to every child in America. The bipartisan budget deal is a step in the right direction.
- January 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM EDT
As part of the Administration’s ongoing efforts to fight human trafficking, and in recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the White House releases the first-ever Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States.