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
- October 21, 2011 at 1:08 PM EDT
Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, discusses ways to continue improving citizenship and immigration services provided in our nation.
- 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 7:09 PM EDT
More state and local leaders react to the President's American Jobs Act.
- 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 2, 2011 at 6:24 PM EDT
State and local officials speak out about the President’s commitment to clean air and a strong economy.
- 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 19, 2011 at 6:28 PM EDT
El Presidente Obama está firmemente comprometido a arreglar nuestras leyes inmigratorias y ha estado buscando enérgicamente socios en el Congreso que estén dispuestos a trabajar con él para promulgar una nueva ley.
- August 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT
New strategy targets our immigration resources on making public safety and national security our top priority
- August 16, 2011 at 7:35 PM EDT
Cecilia Muñoz, Directora de Asuntos Intergubernamentales de la Casa Blanca, explica que bajo la dirección del Presidente, el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional por primera vez en su historia ha establecido como prioridad la deportación de personas que han sido condenadas de crímenes en los Estados Unidos.
- August 16, 2011 at 5:35 PM EDT
Cecilia Muñoz, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, explains that under the President’s direction, the Department of Homeland Security for the first time ever has prioritized the removal of people who have been convicted of crimes in the United States.