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
- July 30, 2015 at 1:07 PM EDT
On the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, we celebrate all that these programs have done to improve the lives of millions of Americans -- and we also celebrate the ongoing efforts to strengthen these health programs, as well as to build on them by bringing affordable, quality health coverage to all Americans.
- July 21, 2015 at 11:30 PM EDT
Read a progress update on how the President's immigration executive actions have moved forward to enhance national security, protect immigrant workers, including victims of crime and trafficking; and create a strategic plan to help integrate immigrants and refugees.
- June 16, 2015 at 7:12 PM EDT
The Department of Health and Human Services announces important new changes to the Head Start program that build on this Administration’s efforts to improve services for our country’s youngest children.
- May 27, 2015 at 9:55 AM EDT
The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council is publishing proposed regulations and the Department of Labor is putting forward related guidance that would implement the Executive Order, and they are both seeking public comment on how to improve them.
- April 21, 2015 at 6:01 PM EDT
- March 4, 2015 at 3:44 PM EDT
The Senate voted to pass S.J.Res. 8, which would overturn a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule streamlining and simplifying how workers vote on whether or not they want to join or form a union.
- March 3, 2015 at 5:36 PM EDT
Dave Wilkinson steps forward to serve as the new Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.
- February 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM EDT
Tampa, Florida hosts the first regional forum of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.
- February 3, 2015 at 5:11 PM EDT
Here's how the Obama Administration is doing more than at any other time to include people with disabilities in today's economy.
- January 13, 2015 at 5:22 PM EDT
Cecilia Muñoz announces the launch of a series of regional forums to engage older Americans, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts on aging on the key issues affecting older Americans. These forums are designed to help provide input and ideas for the upcoming 2015 White House Conference on Aging.