Hispanic National Bar Association Commends President Obama’s Appointment of Cecilia Muñoz as the Director of the Domestic Policy Council for the White House

Contact: Zuraya Tapia-Hadley
E-mail: ztapia@hnba.com
Phone: (202) 223-4777

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2012

Hispanic National Bar Association Commends President Obama’s Appointment of Cecilia Muñoz as the Director of the Domestic Policy Council for the White House 

Washington, D.C. – This week President Obama announced the appointment of Cecilia Muñoz as Director of the Domestic Policy Council. She is the first Latina to hold this position, which oversees policy development on a wide range of domestic issues, including those most important to the HNBA and its membership.

“The HNBA has had the pleasure of working with Ms. Muñoz throughout her distinguished career, and our community has benefitted from commitment to justice and to improving conditions for the broader Latino community.  Moreover, we are incredibly proud to have her as the first Latina to serve in this role and we commend the President for his wise choice in this appointment. Ms. Muñoz has dedicated her professional life to serving our nation, in particular the Hispanic community, through her work as a policy expert, ardent advocate, and in government. Without a doubt, her expertise on such a broad variety of issues, her passion, and commitment to our community continues to be a great asset to the administration as she assumes this new position. We look forward to continuing to work with her for the betterment of all Hispanics.”

In January 2009, Ms. Muñoz joined the administration as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House and has been the main point of contact for the Hispanic community. Ms. Muñoz replaces Melody Barnes as the new Director of the Domestic Policy Council. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Muñoz worked for the National Council of La Raza, as Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation. In this role she led national initiatives  in the area of immigration policy and immigration reform, as well as civil rights. In 2000, she was named a MacArthur Fellow for her work on civil rights and immigration.