New America is pleased to announce the appointment of former White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz to direct a major new initiative in public interest technology and to lead the New America National Network, starting April 1, 2017.
The emerging field of public interest technology allows professionals to use their technology expertise in service of the common good. But opportunities to deploy these skills across sectors remain rare, and the career path is often uncertain. With a major five-year grant from the Ford Foundation and Reid Hoffman, New America seeks to become a unifying hub for these professionals. The initiative—which is expected to grow with additional funders—will apply research, fellowships, interdisciplinary programming, and encourage cross-sector collaboration among different civic organizations, the private sector, and academic institutions.
“The work of American renewal is central to becoming a more perfect union; I am thrilled and honored to join the outstanding team at New America at this important moment,” said Muñoz.
Muñoz will serve as Vice President for Policy and Technology and Director of the New America National Network. New America is building hubs across the country, beginning with New York, California, and Chicago, to support, connect, and publicize successful efforts to tackle important public problems from the bottom up.
“As a former law professor, I have seen the evolution and expansion of public interest law, on both sides of the political aisle," said New America CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter. “We need as many technologists as lawyers, economists, and subject matter experts working in the public interest in multiple sectors. I cannot imagine anyone better suited than Cecilia Muñoz, with her broad experience across all realms of domestic policy and her enthusiasm for integrating technology, to lead this work.”
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New America is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age. We generate big ideas, bridge the gap between technology and policy, and curate broad public conversation.