WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 10, 2012) — The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus praised President Obama’s appointment Tuesday of Cecilia Muñoz as White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council.
Prior to her appointment today, Cecilia Muñoz served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Before joining the Obama Administration in January of 2009, she worked as Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).
CAPAC Chairwoman Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32) said Muñoz brings a record of distinction to her new role as Director of the Domestic Policy Council.
“As the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I appreciate Ms. Munoz’s passion for civil rights advocacy and her efforts to improve the lives of minorities in our country,” Chu said. “Having personally met with her twice last year, I know firsthand how passionate she is about protecting civil rights and fixing our broken immigration system. I would like to commend President Obama on this exceptional appointment, and Congratulate Ms. Muñoz on her new position.”
Congressman Michael Honda (CA-15), CAPAC Immigration Taskforce Chair, congratulated Muñoz on her appointment as and thanked President Obama for selecting “an effective and committed champion for the American middle class, comprehensive immigration reform, and economic growth.”
“I also appreciate how receptive she has been in working to ensure that the needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are actively implemented within the Administration’s priorities.” Honda said. “As CAPAC Chair Emeritus and Immigration Taskforce Chair, I look forward to working with Ms. Muñoz to strengthen the middle class, create jobs in communities all across America, work towards educational equity, and fix our broken immigration system.”
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09), CAPAC Healthcare Taskforce Chair , said she is pleased with the appointment.
“It is critical to have a person of her commitment and unique experience leading the national effort to reignite the American Dream, create good paying jobs, and ensure that our economy is capable of providing opportunities for all Americans,” Lee said.
Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (CNMI), said Muñoz is very accessible and responsive on issues related to the Northern Mariana Islands in her capacity as Director for Intergovernmental Affairs.
“I look forward to continuing that relationship as she takes on her new and broader responsibilities assisting the President in executing the policies that affect all American families,” said Sablan.
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Currently Chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.