Stacey Irizarry arrived on the Winchester scene eight years ago and is firmly rooted in its civic life. She began by participating in political campaigns and then by working with Winchester Inclusive Network (WIN), co-chairing the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (WINPAC), serving as vice-president of the Winchester Democratic Town Committee, and initiating grass-roots hurricane relief for Puerto Rico.
Stacey is married to Todd Kosterman and they have a son Zachary who is eight. Stacey currently works from home as an intellectual property project manager and patent agent at GTC Law Group.
Building bridges of community participation, inclusion, and visibility.
Stacey’s first impression of her new hometown Winchester was its vibrancy; so many residents involved in so many community organizations. Here the left-behind activism of her college years revived as she felt inspired to make connections.
As her involvement grew, so did the strength of an idea that came to motivate her civic engagement: “The need I saw was to make participation broader, more inclusive, and more visible.”
No stranger to activism, Stacey had during her college years at Princeton (BA in Chemistry) been involved around issues of HIV/AIDS. Right after college Stacey interned at the White House, working with the General Counsel office and then on Al Gore’s GLOBE program. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Yale. She jokingly noted that she was learning so much about “wiring” she considered getting an electrician’s license on the side.