Appointee UPDATE: Cecilia Muñoz named Director of Intergovernmental Affairs!
Hey guys, just realized that I never hit the publish button on this post last week. Better late than never! (Especially when its GREAT news). This is fantastic news for the prospect of immigrant rights under the incoming Obama administration - Cecilia Muñoz has been named the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Muñoz is a tireless advocate for immigrants and has been a prominent leader in the movement. AND she is the chair of the board of FIRM's parent organization - the Center for Community Change.
Cecilia Muñoz currently serves as Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), where she supervises all legislative and advocacy activities conducted by NCLR policy staff. Muñoz is the Chair of the Board of Center for Community Change, and serves on the U.S. Programs Board of the Open Society Institute and the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Philanthropies. She is the daughter of immigrants from Bolivia and was born in Detroit, Michigan. In June 2000, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in recognition of her work on immigration and civil rights.
Congratulations to Cecilia! And lets all celebrate this win for immigrants. There is much to do, but we have many reasons to hope for a brighter future and a New America for all immigrants!