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Cecilia Muñoz


Cecilia Muñoz is a national leader in public policy and public interest technology with nearly three decades of experience in the non-profit sector and government.  She was the first Latina to lead the White House Domestic Policy Council, serving 8 years on President Obama’s senior team.  She led the domestic and economic policy team for the Biden/Harris presidential transition, and serves as a senior advisor to New America in Washington, D.C..  She chairs the board of the Kresge Foundation, is a trustee of the MacArthur and Joyce Foundations, and serves on several nonprofit boards.  

In 2020, Cecilia published the award-winning More Than Ready: Be Strong and Be You...and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise, an inspirational and informative memoir full of invaluable lessons and thoughtful insight about working through fear, facing down detractors, and leading with kindness.  A national expert on immigration policy, in 2021, she co-founded Welcome.US, an organization that mobilizes civil society to support the resettlement of Afghan refugees and other newcomers to the United States.

Cecilia started her career at the National Council of La Raza (now UNIDOS US), the nation’s largest Hispanic policy and advocacy organization, where she spent 20 years focused on immigration, civil rights, education and a broad range of policy concerns.  She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000 for her work on immigration and civil rights.

Watch the show she was on here: http://www.pbs.org/to-the-contrary/watch/247/cecilia-munoz-and-the-american-dream

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