Murgia, Janet

Janet
Murgia, JD
Year Inducted: 
2010
Janet Murgia
Highlights: 
  • President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
  • Deputy Campaign Manager and Director of Constituency Outreach for the Gore/ Lieberman presidential campaign
  • Named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women in Washington

 

Biography: 

       Janet Murguia received her Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Kansas School Of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts and Science in Spanish and Journalism, respectively. She is a leader in the nonprofit, independent sector and serves on several national boards that lead and set standards for the nonprofit sector. Janet is a prominent civil rights leader for the Latino community. She serves as the President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) which is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Her past positions as the Executive Vice Chancellor for University Relations at the University of Kansas; Deputy Campaign Manager and Director of Constituency Outreach for the Gore/ Lieberman presidential campaign; and political careers with Kansas Congressman Jim Slattery and President Clinton have contributed to her becoming a key leader in her field.

       Janet’s leadership with La Raza has been recognized by national publications and in major urban centers in the country. Dr. Kala Stroup stated about Janet, “KU is fortunate to have one of its graduates provide such an important and significant leadership role in civil rights.” Murguia’s achievements have allowed her to be recognized in multiple ways including: Poder magazine’s “The Poderosos 100”; Latino Leaders magazine’s “101 Top Leaders of the Hispanic Community”; and Washingtonian magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women in Washington”, among many others.

       Jeff Weinberg, Assistant to the Chancellor, summarizes Janet’s influence on our campus: “Janet brought to KU a new vision for the future....a personal vision that was a reflection of Janet herself: hope, dedication and hard work. The English poet Matthew Arnold wrote of the importance in our lives of what he called “beacons of hope.” That is, and was, Janet Murguia: a beacon of hope in an uncertain world.”

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