Cecilia Muñoz is the 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.
Cecilia Muñoz's Posts
- June 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM EDT
A broad, bipartisan and diverse coalition of business, labor, religious and faith leaders as well as law enforcement and other key stateholders join President Obama in calling on the Senate to pass bipartisan, commonsense immigration reform legislation.
- May 14, 2013 at 10:11 AM EDT
In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to expand access to high-quality pre-school to every child in America.
- May 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM EDT
On his trip to Mexico and Costa Rica, the President hopes to highlight and reinforce the deep cultural, familial, and economic ties that so many Americans share with Mexico and Central America, and to promote economic growth across the region.
- February 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM EDT
Want to learn more about comprehensive immigration reform? Check out this new issue section.
- December 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM EDT
An astounding 99 percent of Hispanic families will be affected if Congress fails to extend middle class tax cuts by January 1.
- August 8, 2012 at 3:18 PM EDT
A new report, “An America Built to Last: President Obama’s Agenda and the Hispanic Community,” takes a close look at how President Obama’s policies have made a difference for Hispanics and all Americans as we work to move our country forward out of the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression
- July 24, 2012 at 1:55 PM EDT
The Obama Administration today released a new tool that will make it easier for families to understand the costs and benefits of higher education up-front, so that they can more easily choose a college that is both high-quality and affordable
- June 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM EDT
From Pope Benedict to prominent Protestant pastors, clergy from a variety of faiths are raising their voices on behalf of immigrants and the need to fix the broken system, and speaking out in favor of the Department of Homeland Security's recently announced process that prioritizes immigration enforcement toward individuals who pose a threat to public safety.
- June 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM EDT
This new policy is the latest in a series of steps the Department of Homeland Security has taken to expand the use of prosecutorial discretion designed to ensure that the immigration enforcement system is not clogged with low priority cases
- June 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM EDT
Today President Obama announced new investments to help rural small businesses expand and hire
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