Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Cedillo-Pereira is the Director of the City of Dallas’ Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs. Previously, Liz 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 national immigration policy and community engagement to foster relations in communities across the U.S. She has won numerous awards for commitment to service and excellence in the legal profession. Liz received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University.