White House Profile
Cecilia Muñoz
Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council

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

  • Economy

    White House Rural Council Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary

    Today President Obama announced new investments to help rural small businesses expand and hire


  • Health Care

    New Report: Health Care Law Invests in Nurses

    The Obama Administration is committed to educating new nurses, improving the training of today’s nurses, and placing nurses in the parts of the country where they are needed most.


  • Health Care

    New Report: Health Care Law Makes Community Health Centers Stronger

    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


  • Economy

    Securing Equal Pay

    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


  • Health Care

    The Doc Fix

    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


  • Health Care

    Health Reform, Preventive Services, and Religious Institutions

    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.


  • Reforma de Salud, Servicios Preventivos e Instituciones Religiosas

    Gracias a la Ley de Asistencia Asequible, la mayoría de los planes de seguro médico cubrirán los servicios de prevención para la mujer, incluidos los anticonceptivos, sin cobrar un co-pago o deducible a partir de agosto de 2012. Esta nueva ley le ahorrará dinero a millones de estadounidenses. Pero lo más importante, se asegurará de que los estadounidenses en todo el país obtengan la atención de alta calidad que necesitan para mantenerse sanos.


  • Service

    A Look Back at Joplin: United We Succeed

    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.


  • Service

    Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through Service

    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.


  • Immigration

    Two Ways to Think About Immigrant Integration

    Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz speaks at the National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities and Exposition to over 2,000 mayors, city council members and staff from all over the country. The 2011 NLC Congress of Cities in Phoenix focused on cities finding and sharing solutions that move communities forward and lead them through economic hard times.


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