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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
- May 1, 2012 at 8:15 AM EDT
The Obama Administration announced new grants made possible by the Affordable Care Act that will support 398 renovation and construction projects at Community Health Centers nationwide
- April 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM EDT
According to the latest U.S. Census statistics, on average, full-time working women earned 77 cents to every dollar earned by men, which means less for families’ everyday needs, less for investments in our children’s futures, and, when added up over a lifetime of work, substantially less for retirement
- February 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM EDT
The Payroll Tax Cut agreement reached in Congress prevents doctors who treat Medicare patients from taking a nearly 30 percent pay cut, which would have harmed physicians and jeopardized seniors’ access to the doctor they know and trust
- February 1, 2012 at 7:35 PM EDT
Beginning in August of 2012, most health insurance plans will cover women's preventive services, including contraception, without a co-pay. Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, explains how this policy affects religious institutions.
- February 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM EDT
Eight months after one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history touched down in Joplin, Missouri, the Obama Administration remains committed to supporting the town's long-term recovery.
- January 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM EDT
Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, reminds us that the best way to live up Dr. Martin Luther King's definition of greatness is by serving.
- September 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM EDT
President Obama speaks to over 1,100 state, local and tribal officials to explain how the American Jobs Act will help put Americans back to work.
- September 9, 2011 at 10:30 AM EDT
Following the President’s speech where he called on Congress to pass the American Jobs Act, bi-partisan governors, mayors, and state legislators speak out and echo the President’s call to put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans.
- September 1, 2011 at 2:10 PM EDT
State and local leaders around the country echo the President’s call and urge Congress to quickly pass a Surface Transportation Bill.
- August 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT
New strategy targets our immigration resources on making public safety and national security our top priority
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