Cecilia Muñoz is vice president, Public Interest Technology and Local Initiatives, and director of the national network at New America, a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity and purpose in the digital age.
Prior to joining New America in 2017, she served on President Barack Obama’s senior staff, first as director of Intergovernmental Affairs for three years, followed by five years as director of the Domestic Policy Council.
Prior to her work in government, she was senior vice president for the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic policy and advocacy organization. Muñoz was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000 for her work on immigration and civil rights. She is a board member of U.S. Programs Board, Open Society Foundation and United to Protect Democracy, and has served on the boards of the Center for Community Change, National Immigration Forum, the Open Society Institute and the Atlantic Philanthropies.
A native of Detroit, and the daughter of immigrants from Bolivia, she earned bachelor’s degrees in Latin American studies and English from the University of Michigan and earned a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
She joined The Kresge Foundation Board of Trustees in 2017.