Washington, D.C.— Today, the International Budget Partnership (IBP) announced that Ana Patricia Muñoz will become the organization’s next Executive Director. She begins her tenure on February 1, 2023, based out of Quito, Ecuador.
Muñoz comes to IBP after serving as Executive Director of FARO—IBP’s long-standing partner in Ecuador—where she led a team of 50 in conducting budget analysis and advocacy on fiscal transparency, governance and equity. At FARO, she dramatically diversified its funding base to nearly two dozen donors, grew its partnerships by convening 20 regional and global networks, and scaled up impact in areas such as education, expanding into 50 schools serving 60,000 students. She also successfully managed FARO’s transition from its founding executive director and helped propel the group toward greater advocacy on equity.
An accomplished economist who has lived in three countries and is fluent in Spanish, English and French, Ana Patricia brings strong technical knowledge on budgets and fiscal accountability. She spent a decade at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (part of the US Central Bank), where she rose through the ranks to become Assistant Vice President. She was one of the youngest people— and the second Latina— in this position. During this time, she spearheaded ground-breaking research and produced a seminal report on the racial wealth gap. The report became one of the bank’s most widely read publications and sparked a series of policy reforms in Boston that later informed efforts in other US cities. She also played a pivotal role in bringing diverse sectors together—from local housing advocates to private banks—to reduce the number of foreclosures in Boston during the 2008 financial crisis.
Muñoz’s appointment follows a comprehensive, global search by a committee of the board assisted by SRI, a global executive search firm. Muñoz will succeed Warren Krafchik who stepped down in January 2023 after leading IBP for two decades.
“I am thrilled to join the International Budget Partnership and our global team as we continue to build a movement to make public budgets work for people. At a time when inequality and injustice is growing, this mission is more urgent than ever. Too many people around the world feel that public budgets do not serve their interests and that their voices are not heard. But many of those people are also organizing like never before and gaining the skills to demand a seat at the decision-making table. I’m proud and excited about IBP’s role in shifting power and reclaiming people’s right and ability to have a say in public money. Together with our partners, I know we are uniquely positioned to fight for greater accountability in the management of the public’s money.”
Ana Patricia Muñoz, incoming Executive Director, International Budget Partnership
Sofía Sprechmann Sineiro International Budget Partnership Board Chair:
“As so many countries face soaring debt and inequality, IBP’s mission to include those who are systemically marginalized in deeply consequential public spending decisions is an essential call for justice. Ana Patricia brings an impressive track record of vision and impact, and a commitment to leveling the playing field for partners to drive a shared agenda. With this announcement, IBP is well positioned to advance a bold vision for the future that is rooted in partnership and informed by diverse, local stakeholders that know best what they need to thrive.”
Lysa John, International Budget Partnership Board Member and Secretary General of CIVICUS
“I am thrilled by the news of Ana Patricia’s appointment as the new Executive Director of IBP. She has been a trusted and valued colleague of our CIVICUS network members. We look forward to working with her in our shared fight to protect civic space and promote equity and justice.”
For more information about IBP’s new Executive Director, Ana Patricia Muñoz, please watch this video.
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