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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.
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Cecilia Muñoz's Posts
Nuevo Informe Destaca el Impacto que Han Tenido los Programas y las Políticas del Presidente Obama en la Comunidad HispanaAugust 8, 2012 at 3:16 PM EDT
Ayer tuve el gusto de participar en una conversación sobre política gubernamental llevada a cabo en el instituto Center for American Progress centrada en asegurar que las vías a la oportunidad se mantengan abiertas para la comunidad Latina. Para coincidir con ese evento publicamos un informe, “Una América Construida Para Que Perdure: La Agenda del Presidente Obama y la Comunidad Hispana,” el cual se fija en la agenda del President y la diferencia que han marcado las políticas de su gobierno para los hispanos y todo estadounidense a medida que trabajamos para avanzar y sacar al país de la crisis económica más grande desde la Grán Depresión.
- July 24, 2012 at 1:55 PM EDT
The Obama Administration today released a new tool that will make it easier for families to understand the costs and benefits of higher education up-front, so that they can more easily choose a college that is both high-quality and affordable
- June 26, 2012 at 6:48 PM EDT
From Pope Benedict to prominent Protestant pastors, clergy from a variety of faiths are raising their voices on behalf of immigrants and the need to fix the broken system.
- June 26, 2012 at 6:38 PM EDT
El clero de varios credos, incluidos el Papa Benedicto y pastores protestantes prominentes, se está haciendo oír en nombre de los inmigrantes y en cuanto a la necesidad de arreglar el sistema descompuesto de inmigración.
- June 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM EDT
From Pope Benedict to prominent Protestant pastors, clergy from a variety of faiths are raising their voices on behalf of immigrants and the need to fix the broken system, and speaking out in favor of the Department of Homeland Security's recently announced process that prioritizes immigration enforcement toward individuals who pose a threat to public safety.
- June 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM EDT
This new policy is the latest in a series of steps the Department of Homeland Security has taken to expand the use of prosecutorial discretion designed to ensure that the immigration enforcement system is not clogged with low priority cases
- June 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM EDT
Today President Obama announced new investments to help rural small businesses expand and hire
- May 7, 2012 at 7:20 AM EDT
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.
- 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