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Speakers: 2016 Legislative Conference

SUSAN B. NEUMAN - Keynote Speaker

Former Assistant Secretary, Elementary & Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Susan B. NeumanSusan B. Neuman is a professor and chair of teaching and learning at New York University specializing in early literacy development. Previously she was a professor at the University of Michigan and has served as the U.S. assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education.

In her role as assistant secretary, Neuman established the Early Reading First program, the Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program and was responsible for all activities in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act. She has served on the IRA Board of Directors and numerous other boards of non-profit organizations.

Neuman is currently the Editor of Reading Research Quarterly. Her research and teaching interests include early childhood policy, curriculum and early reading instruction (pre-kindergarten to 3rd grade) for children who live in poverty. She has written over 100 articles and has edited and authored 11 books, the most recent of which are, “Giving our children a fighting chance: Poverty literacy, and the development of information capital” and “All about Words: Improving Vocabulary in the Age of Common Core Standards, PreK-Grade 2.”

CECILIA MUÑOZ - Special Guest

Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council

Cecilia MunozCecilia Muñoz is the assistant to the president and director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House. Prior to this role, she served as deputy assistant to the president and director of Intergovernmental Affairs where she oversaw the Obama Administration’s relationships with state and local governments.

Before joining the White House, Muñoz served as senior vice president for the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). She supervised NCLR’s policy staff covering a variety of issues of importance to Latinos, including civil rights, employment, poverty, farmworker issues, education, health and housing. Her particular area of expertise is immigration policy, which she covered at NCLR for twenty years.

Muñoz has testified numerous times before Congress and appears regularly in the Spanish and English-language media. Born in Detroit, Muñoz is the daughter of immigrants from Bolivia. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley.