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
- 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.
- August 9, 2011 at 4:18 PM EDT
Cecilia Muñoz, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, shares her experience participating in a small business matchmaking event organized by the Department of Defense and the offices of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Senator Bill Nelson. The event, which took place on August 8th in Orlando, Florida, promoted greater access to federal contract opportunities for small business and included 700 attendees, 475 of which were small businesses.
- August 2, 2011 at 9:47 AM EDT
State and local officials speak out about the bi-partisan debt compromise announced by President Obama.
- June 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM EDT
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas explain the importance of immigration reform.
- May 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
Following the President’s speech on immigration reform in El Paso, Texas, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz asked for your feedback through Advise the Advisor program.