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 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.
- August 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM EDT
Health care providers, mental health advocates, and individuals who have personally experienced mental illness came to the White House to talk about the intersection of two important Presidential priorities: the Affordable Care Act and mental health.
- August 15, 2013 at 1:51 PM EDT
One year ago on August 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began implementing a policy that makes our immigration system more representative of our values as a nation.
- August 9, 2013 at 2:40 PM EDT
Today, President Obama signed the bipartisan student loan interest rate compromise into law.
- July 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM EDT
Senators from both parties have come up with a plan to reduce the interest rates on student loans that will cut rates on every single new college loan before the start of the school year once it's passed into law.
- July 10, 2013 at 7:41 PM EDT
Durante una reunión con el Comité Hispano del Congreso esta mañana, el Presidente emitió un informe de la Casa Blanca que destaca los grandes beneficios económicos de la reforma migratoria integral, así como los costos significativos para nuestro país y para nuestra economía de no tomar acción en este momento tan crítico.
- June 28, 2013 at 3:10 PM EDT
68 miembros del Senado de EE.UU., Republicanos y Demócratas, unieron fuerzas y votaron a favor de reformar el sistema de inmigración de nuestra nación.
- June 27, 2013 at 7:06 PM EDT
Today, 68 members of the U.S. Senate, Republicans and Democrats, came together and voted to reform our nation's immigration system. But we haven't won the debate, and as the conversation unfolds here in Washington, we need you to be part of it.