Cecilia Muñoz

Senior Fellow

Former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs (Obama Administration)

Cecilia Muñoz is Vice President for Public Interest Technology and Local Initiatives at New America. Before joining New America in 2017, she served on President Obama’s senior staff, first as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for three years, followed by five years as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. She served for 20 years at the National Council of La Raza (now UNIDOS US), the nation’s largest Hispanic policy and advocacy organization, where she was Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000 for her work on immigration and civil rights, and serves on the Boards of the Open Society and Kresge Foundations, as well as the nonprofit United to Protect Democracy. In 2018, she joined Results for America as a Senior Fellow to help policymakers at all levels of government use data and evidence to deliver better outcomes for the people they serve.

Muñoz, a Detroit native and the daughter of immigrants from Bolivia, is also a wife and mother of two grown daughters. She lives with her husband in Maryland.