MacArthur Fellows Program

Cecilia Muñoz

Civil Rights Policy Analyst | Class of 2000

Civil Rights Policy Analyst
Washington, District of Columbia
38 at time of award
Published July 1, 2000

About Cecilia's Work

Cecilia Muñoz is a policy analyst, political strategist, and champion of the rights, welfare, and opportunities of indigent legal immigrants.

Muñoz is a leader in immigration and civil rights policy.  She has successfully built and led influential coalitions around such issues as the legalization of undocumented aliens, family-based immigration rights, workplace and farm workers’ rights, and access to welfare benefits and education.  Within the National Council of La Raza, Muñoz has played a central role in expanding its reach beyond its traditional Mexican-American constituency to include all Latino immigrants, and by doing so, has helped to make it the leading Latino organization in the United States. 


Muñoz is currently director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Previously, she served as director of inter-governmental affairs at the White House and as vice-president in the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza. 

Muñoz received a B.A. (1984) from the University of Michigan and an M.A. (1986) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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January 11, 2016
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November 14, 2013
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July 28, 2013
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