Center for American Progress

STATEMENT: CAP’s Kelley on Munoz’s Appointment as Director of White House Domestic Policy Council
Press Statement

STATEMENT: CAP’s Kelley on Munoz’s Appointment as Director of White House Domestic Policy Council

Washington, D.C. — The White House announced today that Cecilia Munoz will replace Melody Barnes as the head of Domestic Policy Council and CAP’s Angela Kelley, Vice President of Immigration Policy and Advocacy, issued the following statement:

As a friend and colleague of Cecilia Munoz’s for over 20 years, I can say for certain that the White House hit a triple today in its selection of Cecilia as the new head of the Domestic Policy Council. First, at a time where the country faces pressing domestic issues, having Cecilia at the head of its policy shop will ensure the American people benefit from the smart, balanced, and thorough thinking on how to move the country forward. Cecilia brings to the DPC decades of unwavering commitment to finding solutions to America’s challenges from education, immigration, health care, and beyond. She’s always been the smartest kid in the class and now the American people will benefit from the combination her profound dedication to public service and her blistering intellect.

Next, Cecilia has been at the center of one of the most vexing policy debates—immigration reform, an issue she will continue to drive forward at the DPC. All Americans, native born and newcomers alike deserve an immigration policy that befits the heart of America’s character as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. Cecilia’s unparalleled experience as an immigration policy expert both inside government, as the chief advisor on immigration the last three years, and her many years outside of government at the National Council of La Raza and Catholic Charities ensures the issue will receive the needed expertise and finesse at the highest levels of government.

Finally, Cecilia’s appointment today opens windows for young Latinas across the country. They can take in the sight of a Latina working shoulder to shoulder with the president and other top officials, carrying the responsibility of the nation’s business. Like Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Cabinet Secretary Hilda Solis, Cecilia’s appointment today tells young Latinas that in this country, ‘Yes, I can’ or ‘Si, se puede.’

To speak with Angela Kelley, please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.481.8181 or [email protected].