Liz Cedillo-Pereira '99 named Dallas Immigration Director

Dallas – City Manager T.C. Broadnax has announced the appointment of two new executives. Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Cedillo-Pereira will serve as the Director of the Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs and will start on March 20, 2017.  

A Dallas native, Liz has more than 15 years of experience at the federal, state and local level. Most recently she served as the Obama Administration’s Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where she focused on immigration policy and community engagement to foster relations in communities across the U.S.  An attorney, advocate and policy advisor, she is dedicated to improving our nation’s immigration system and we are fortunate that she is bringing her skills to this new office.

“It is a great honor to serve our city as the Director of the new Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs,” said Cedillo-Pereira. “Immigrants are significant and vital to our overall economic growth, civic involvement and cultural vibrancy, so it’s important to ensure that Dallas provides a welcoming community for all,” she said.

“Cedillo-Pereira is a thought leader and coalition builder and we are excited about the establishment of the Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs. I am pleased that she has agreed to join my management team as the Director,” Broadnax said.

Liz received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University.  In 2015, she received The Emerging Leader Award at the Law School's Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony.