Building community political awareness and involvement through civic engagement.

Vicky Coccoluto has lived in Winchester for nearly 30 years, but didn’t get involved in civic activities until around 15 years ago, after she retired from her career as an investment analyst and portfolio manager, which—as she says—“didn’t get me into the public sphere very much.” Since that time, she has been involved with Winchester’s chapter of the League of Women Voters, a “non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.” She serves as a Steering Committee Member for the organization.

Interview with Vicky Coccoluto

What do you feel called you to focus on improving our community through your personal engagement?

I think that the events of 9/11, the Afghan War and Iraq War that followed propelled me into more interest in national politics and concern about the direction that the country was taking. And I believe it was the 2004 presidential campaign that connected me with the activities of the local League of Women Voters because it seemed to me that the war was taking a terrible toll and its goals were not convincingly—or certainly not adequately—explained to people. So I think that was what got me involved in politics in general and in the League of Women Voters in particular.

What did you observe as a need or gap within the Winchester community that you hoped your civic involvement and leadership would be able to fill?
Looking ahead a bit—or back—can you tell us how you see your calling to civic life as enriching the lives of every Winchesterian?
Do you have any other dreams or visions?
When you started working with the League, were there any challenges that you faced?
What do you feel like some of the biggest highlights have been for you since your involvement?
What has felt like a success to you in your efforts or contribution to Winchester?
Do you think that being a woman has impacted how people view you as someone involved in civic causes?
Since this is a month honoring women, is there one woman who’s inspired you and why?
Do you have any advice to share with other young women who may be reading this?