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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
- 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.
- January 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM EDT
By working with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing and improve public safe, Promise Zones will help build on the Obama Administration’s commitment to create better futures for the middle class and those striving to reach the middle class.
Extending Emergency Unemployment Insurance Is the Right Thing to Do for American Families and Our EconomyJanuary 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM EDT
Extending Emergency Unemployment Insurance isn’t just the right thing to do for American families, it’s also the smart thing to do for our economy.
- December 19, 2013 at 11:54 AM EDT
Women have a huge influence on their families and are a key demographic for the ongoing effort to ensure that consumers know about the benefits they can access through the health law. Moms understand how vital it is to nurture our kids to help them grow up strong and healthy.
Gathering in the Spirit of Unity: The President and First Lady Visit Those Fasting for Immigration ReformNovember 29, 2013 at 3:31 PM EDT
Today, the President and the First Lady visited the brave individuals who are fasting in the shadow of the Capitol, sacrificing their health in an effort to get Congress to act swiftly on commonsense immigration reform.
- November 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM EDT
A group of activists is fasting to draw attention to the urgent need for immigration reform.
- November 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT
The FDA releases its preliminary determination, consistent with science, that Partially Hydrogenated Oils -- the leading source of artificial trans fat -- are no longer “generally recognized as safe."