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Janet Murguía
Janet Murguía has become a key figure among the next generation of leaders in the Latino community. Since January 1, 2005, she has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S.

Murguía began her career in Washington, DC as legislative counsel to former Kansas Congressman Jim Slattery, serving for seven years. She then worked at the White House from 1994 to 2000, ultimately serving as deputy assistant to President Clinton, providing strategic and legislative advice to the president on key issues. She served as deputy director of legislative affairs, managing the legislative staff and acting as a senior White House liaison to Congress.

She then served as deputy campaign manager and director of constituency outreach for the Gore/Lieberman presidential campaign. In that role, she was the primary liaison between former Vice President Gore and national constituency groups. She also served as a spokesperson for the campaign, working with radio, print, and TV media outlets.

In 2001, Murguía joined the University of Kansas (KU) as Executive Vice Chancellor for University Relations, overseeing KU’s internal and external relations with the public, including governmental and public affairs. She coordinated the university's strategic planning and marketing efforts at the four KU campuses with those of the Alumni Association, the Athletics Corporation, and the Endowment Association.

Murguía is currently a Board member of the Independent Sector, a coalition of leading nonprofits, foundations, and corporations committed to connecting, informing, and advocating on behalf of the nonprofit and philanthropic community. She is also a member of the Merrill Lynch Diversity & Inclusion Council and is an executive committee member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. In addition, Murguía sits on the Board of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.

2008: Was the first Hispanic to give the keynote speech at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast in Birmingham, Alabama

2007: Featured in Newsweek’s Third Annual Women and Leadership issue Named to Poder magazine’s “The Poderosos 100”
Chosen for Latino Leaders magazine’s “101 Top Leaders of the Hispanic Community”
Selected for Hispanic magazine’s “Powerful Latinos 2007”

2006: Named to Washingtonian magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women in Washington”
Chosen for The NonProfit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50” leaders
Named to People En Español’s “100 Most Influential Hispanics 2006”

2005: Finalist for Hispanic Business magazine’s “Woman of the Year Award”
Received the “KU Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus/na Award”

2004: Selected for Hispanic magazine’s annual list of "100 Top Latinas"
Chosen for Hispanic Business magazine’s "100 Most Influential Hispanics"

Janet Murguía grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. She received three degrees from KU: a B.S. degree in journalism (1982), a B.A. degree in Spanish (1982), and a J.D. degree (1985) from the School of Law.

Entries by Janet Murguía

Reclaiming 'USA!, USA! USA!' from the Bigots in Murrieta

(75) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 9:49 PM

However you feel about the immigration issue, the sight of angry protesters in Murrieta, California screaming "go back to where you come from," and shouting other invectives to a busload of children and their moms has to make you queasy. It sickened me. But what also made me angry was...

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Scoring House Republicans' Performance on Immigration

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 8:08 PM

There's still time to receive a passing score.

As our nation's schoolchildren prepare for summer and parents anxiously await that final report card, many of our elected leaders in Congress will begin their summer break with less-than-stellar scores of their own, particularly on the issue of immigration...

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It's Time for Commonsense Law Enforcement When Dealing With Deportations

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 10:25 AM

Every once in a while a mainstream outlet will talk tough on immigration, apparently to prove that they are "balanced." It happened again this week when a USA Today editorial came out against presidential action on deportations because the president should not "ignore" the law. While we agree with USA...

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Advocates Fasting for Families Embody the Strength and Determination of the Immigration Reform Movement

(11) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 3:06 PM

Over the past year, the calls for action on immigration reform have been loud and unwavering.  Activists have been arrested for staging sit-ins at their congressional representatives' offices, DREAMers and their families have risked deportation to bring attention to the cause, and thousands have

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Citizenship As an Asset for Economic Opportunity

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 7:10 AM

In the second of this week's series of blog-eds by the Asset Building Policy Network, Bob Annibale, Lisa Hasegawa and Janet Murguía discuss how U.S. citizenship is an economic asset and what is being done to overcome the hurdles that prevent millions of low-income eligible residents from gaining citizenship.

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Obtener la Ciudadanía: Una Ventaja para las Oportunidades Económicas

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 7:09 AM

En el segundo de una serie de blogs de esta semana publicados por Asset Building Policy Network, Bob Annibale, Lisa Hasegawa y Janet Murguía debaten cómo la ciudadanía estadounidense es un bien económico y qué se está haciendo para superar los obstáculos que impiden obtener la ciudadanía a millones de...

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Dr. King's Dream and the Latino Community: 50 Years Later

(27) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 2:46 PM

2013-08-26-DSC_059022.jpgThis past Saturday I was humbled to stand in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial and speak before thousands of people who had traveled from all over our great nation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on...

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Is This the End of 'Immigration Expert' Steve King?

(23) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 5:38 PM

Of course Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) doubled down on the anti-DREAMer remarks he made in a radio interview last week. This is to be expected when an unreconstructed bigot who craves attention just happens to be a member of Congress. And, of course, his belief that "there are...

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The Latino Unbanked: A Wise New Investment For America

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 11:10 AM

I'm eager to participate in this year's meeting of Clinton Global Initiative America and address a topic close to my heart: American Adaptability. Our adaptability and resilience as a nation is one of our greatest strengths and I see that same adaptability in the community I work with every day:...

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Jason Richwine's Resignation Is Welcome News, But We Expect More

(62) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 9:00 PM

After a series of devastating revelations about his work, Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst Jason Richwine -- co-author of Heritage's immigration study released last week -- announced his resignation this past Friday.

This is welcome news and a good first step for the foundation. Richwine did not just co-author...

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Familia Es Familia, Family Is Family

(5) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 11:22 AM

When it comes right down to it, we all want and need the same things in life -- health, security, love, and family. At the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), our own mission is fundamentally tied to ensuring full and equal opportunity for Latinos and other Americans to achieve...

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We Must Seize Opportunities to Make Immigration Reform a Reality

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 4:02 PM

"Our current immigration system is broken." If you 1c.1.4.psy-ab.zcbLHmUje24&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42768644,d.aWM&fp=3ed67c0245b1013&biw=1440&bih=775" target="_hplink">search for that phrase in connection with NCLR, you will get hundreds, if not thousands, of hits dating back more than a decade. In many ways, the Latino community has borne the brunt of this broken system, but we are...

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Unity: The Solution We Are Searching for

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 1:44 PM

"Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country."

Standing in front of hundreds of thousands...

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Let's Give Our Children a More Certain Future This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2012 | 3:14 PM

The New Year usually symbolizes an opportunity for new beginnings and growth, but American households face a very different reality in 2013. On January 2, the fiscal cliff will leave many families with $2,000 less to put food on the table, or even a roof over their children's...

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We Can Avoid the 'Fiscal Cliff' Without Turning Our Backs on Our Most Vulnerable

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 11:50 AM

Like most voters, Latinos cited jobs and the economy as their greatest concern in the days leading up to the election. The pressing importance of these issues led to an historic turnout of Hispanic voters in the 2012 election and overwhelming support for President Obama's reelection. In the...

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CHC Lays Out Guiding Principles on Immigration We Should All Live By

(12) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 9:29 AM

Last week, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) held a press conference to announce a set of principles to guide the upcoming push for comprehensive immigration reform. The principles are thoughtful, fair, humane and pragmatic. They also reflect the unity of the Latino community -- regardless of subgroup, geography, or party...

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The Latino Vote: "The New Normal"

(22) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 11:15 AM

Since election night, one topic of immense interest to me has dominated the news cycle: the impact of the Latino vote on the 2012 election. After years of being treated as one of the best-kept secrets in politics, the need to reach out to Latino voters has suddenly become the...

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November 6: The Time to Make a Stand

(9) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 5:14 PM

As the fastest-growing group of voters in the country, Latinos could make the difference in several key battleground states in the closest presidential election in years. An estimated 12.2 million Hispanics are expected to go the polls on Tuesday. As the largest nonpartisan national Latino voter registration organization in the...

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Alabama Legislature Loses Touch With Reality

(33) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 10:53 AM

HB 56, Alabama's notorious bill that is perhaps the most draconian anti-immigrant law in the country, has provoked a nonstop flood of controversy since its enactment. It has been enjoined by a federal judge and denounced by the U.S. Department of Justice. It brought howls of protest from farmers, one...

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A Disappointing Television Season for the Latino Community

(36) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 8:03 AM

Last week, the Census Bureau released updated population numbers affirming once again that Latinos are America's largest and fastest-growing minority. There are now 52 million of us residing in the U.S.--nearly one in five Americans. Perhaps the most striking statistic is that more than half of...

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