Christian Muniz joined Pugliese Associates in 2014 after more than 15 years of public and private experience in state government. Christian has helped deliver a multitude of accomplishments for clients and his background gives him expertise in a number of areas, including job creation, business incentives, international trade, and tax and pension reform.
Previously, Christian served as a government affairs manager for a telecommunications company as well as a contract lobbyist. Within state government, he served as a legislative staffer to a former House leader and later as the Legislative Director at the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) under former Governor Ed Rendell.
Muniz’ legislative accomplishments include enactment of Act 32 which streamlined and consolidated the collection of the local EIT across Pennsylvania, saving municipalities over $237 million annually while simplifying the remittance process for businesses; passage of the Strategic Development Area tax abatement program which was critical to Westinghouse-Toshiba’s decision to locate and build a $200 million nuclear division headquarters in Pennsylvania; and the expansion of the Keystone Opportunity Zone tax abatement program, widely considered one of the Commonwealth’s most useful business creation tools.
Christian received a B.A. in International Studies (cum laude) from Dickinson College in 1998. He served as a United States Navy cryptologist from 1988 through 1994 and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (Russian), Monterey, CA.
Among his community activities, Christian currently serves as a Commissioner on the Carlisle Borough Planning Board and is a member of St. John’s Lodge 260, F&AM. He is a former member of the Carlisle Bosler Library Board of Trustees and the Public Policy Committee for the Carlisle Health & Wellness Foundation.