Lucy Vinis was elected Mayor in November 2016 and was sworn into office on January 9th, 2017. It is her first elected office.
She has worked on behalf of the Eugene community for nearly 25 years through her professional career and many volunteer activities. Drawn to Eugene’s natural beauty, inviting community, and quality schools, she relocated here from the Washington, dc area in 1991. She and her husband, the late Dr. Lawrence Vinis, raised their two sons here.
Before running for office, Vinis was the Development Director at ShelterCare, a local nonprofit organization which houses and supports at-risk Oregonians. Prior to joining ShelterCare, Vinis managed the annual workplace giving campaigns of Eugene/Springfield’s EarthShare of Oregon and was a consultant and freelance writer for the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides. While living in the Washington, DC area Vinis worked for Resource Consultants, assisting nonprofits on projects related to land use, water quality, and organic agriculture. She and her husband also managed a small farm business.
Vinis has been active with the Eugene Education Fund, 4J schools, Toastmasters, a local Boy Scouts of America troop, and her church. She has been a longtime supporter of many Eugene arts and service organizations. In 2002 she launched Youth Visions, a non-profit film festival for high school students, that is now a program of the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts.
Vinis also served as Campaign Manager for Councilor Alan Zelenka’s 2006 campaign and helped with Mayor Kitty Piercy’s 2008 reelection campaign. She lives in southwest Eugene.
She is a graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio and has a Master of Science from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan.