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Cecilia Muñoz

Civil Rights Policy Analyst

Washington, District of Columbia

Age: 38 at time of award

Published July 1, 2000

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

Cecilia Muñoz In the Media

"The Diaper Divide"

The Huffington Post
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"Voices in a Promised Land with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Aleksandar Hemon, and Cecilia Muñoz"

Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
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Aleksandar Hemon , 2004 MacArthur Fellow
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"How to Put Colleges on the Hook"

National Journal
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"Cecilia Muñoz, Quarterback of Obama's Immigration Reform Efforts"

From The Daily Beast
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"Cecilia Munoz, Director, Domestic Policy Council"

From the National Journal
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"Obama’s Defender of Borders Is Again a Voice for Migrants"

From The New York Times
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