Lucé Vela

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Lucé Vela
12th First Lady of Puerto Rico
In role
January 2, 2009 – January 2, 2013
Governor Luis Fortuño
Preceded by Luisa Gándara
Succeeded by Wilma Pastrana
Personal details
Born Luz Eufemia Vela Gutiérrez
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Spouse(s) Luis Fortuño
Children María Luisa
Luis Roberto
Guillermo Luis
Alma mater Goucher College
Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Profession Attorney
Public notary

Luz Eufemia Vela Gutiérrez[note 1] —better known as Lucé Vela— is the wife of former Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuño. She was the First Lady, a position she held while her husband was in office from 2009 to 2013, and the mother of triplets, María Luisa, Guillermo Luis and Luis Roberto.[1][2]


Vela obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor concentration in French from Goucher College in Baltimore. She later obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law.

Professional career[edit]

Vela first commenced her legal career working for the Law Firm of Martínez, Odell, & Calabria. In 2000, she established her own private practice, specializing in real estate and as a notary public.

First Lady of Puerto Rico[edit]

Vela began her tenure as First Lady of Puerto Rico after her husband, Luis Fortuño, was sworn in as Governor in 2009, following the 2008 general elections. Her charitable work involved education, family values, and women's health.


  1. ^ This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Vela and the second or maternal family name is Gutiérrez.


  1. ^ "Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) - Biblioteca - Biograf铆a". Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Para imprimir". Retrieved 20 January 2015.