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
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."
- November 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM EDT
The Obama administration announces new grants provided to communities under the Affordable Care Act that will help community health centers provide access to primary care services for nearly 1.25 million new patients.
- November 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM EDT
Katherine Archuleta is sworn-in as the 10th Director of the Office of Personnel Management, the first Latina to serve as the Federal government’s personnel chief.
- September 27, 2013 at 3:39 PM EDT
The White House welcomed a diverse coalition of leaders from the Southwest border – the group included elected officials, farmers, ranchers, business owners, law enforcement officials, faith leaders and community advocates from Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California.
- September 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM EDT
Working hand-in-hand, not only with our partners on the state and local level, but with the faith-based and non-profit communities, the private sector, and most importantly with the individuals and families that live in these communities every day, we can maximize what we achieve to keep our children safe.
- August 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM EDT
Immigration reform has something to offer to everyone; immigrants and native-born alike. When GDP grows by more than $1 trillion, when wages go up – that’s about all of us. Immigration reform is something we can’t afford to leave undone.
- August 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM EDT
50 years ago, Congress took up a series of civil rights proposals under President Johnson’s leadership: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which was viewed at the time – correctly – as one of the great accomplishments for civil rights in America.
- August 23, 2013 at 6:20 PM EDT
Here’s a look at some of the initial reviews coming in from the higher education community, lawmakers and other stakeholders about President Obama's ambitious new agenda to combat rising college costs, make college more affordable, and improve value for students and their families.