Henry R. Muñoz III
Henry R. Muñoz III is leading a rising discourse on the imprint of Latino identity on American society throughout history that is poised to move front and center in the 21st Century, as Latino Americans converge at the center of politics and the economy. A businessman, designer, social justice activist, producer, opinion leader and philanthropist, Muñoz works across multiple platforms, which converge at the intersection of government and politics, culture and the built environment.
The son of a prominent Latino labor and civil rights advocate, Henry is currently C.E.O. of Muñoz & Company, the largest and oldest minority-owned architecture and design practice in Texas, where he has pioneered an approach to architecture, design and media that acknowledges the rapidly shifting demographics of the United States. Over the past three decades, Muñoz has designed urban and rural infrastructure projects and thoroughfares, hospitals, libraries, colleges and universities, sports stadiums and privately used buildings throughout Texas and the nation.
As a founder of TheDream.US, Muñoz is dedicated to placing direct action behind the belief that the American Dream be truly available to all – and that there is no better place to realize that dream than through access to the strongest higher education possible today.
Muñoz is a member of the Board of The National Parks Foundation, where he has pushed to establish The American Latino Heritage Fund, which supports the creation of National Monuments and Heritage Sites that record the contributions of Latinos to the history of our country. As an early appointee to the commission established to study the creation of a national Museum of the American Latino, Muñoz was subsequently elected chair of the effort to create a National Latino Museum on the mall in Washington D.C.; he is also Chairman Emeritus of The Smithsonian National Latino Board and a Trustee of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. The primary focus of his life and career has been to illuminate a more complete American story for the benefit of all people. In January of 2013, Henry R. Muñoz, III was elected National Finance Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, where he will steer the Party’s financial efforts in the pivotal 2014 and 2016 elections.