The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) has selected Cecilia Muñoz as the recipient of the 2013 NHLI Alumna of the Year. This prestigious award will be presented during the 20th Anniversary Mujer Awards Gala on November 14, 2013 at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC.
Cecilia Muñoz is the President’s Domestic Policy Advisor and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House. Previously, Ms. Muñoz served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. “Ms. Munoz’s achievements have resonated throughout the Latina community and NHLI is honored to present her with the 2013 National Mujer Award,” said NHLI President Ann Marquez.
Prior to 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 is the former Chair of the Board of the 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.
Join us as we celebrate Cecilia Muñoz, Dr. Isabel Gomez-Bassols, and Magda N. Yrizarry at the 20th Anniversary Mujer Awards. For more information visit http://nhli.org/gala/index.htm or click here to register.