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.