Lourdes E. 'Alfie' Alvarado-Ramos

Biographical Information of
Lourdes E. 'Alfie' Alvarado-Ramos

Alfie Alvarado serves as the Director of YOUR Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.  The Department is the statewide advocate for connecting our veterans to their earned benefits and services.

Alfie was born in Puerto Rico and served 22 years on active duty retiring in August 1993 as the Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center and Troop Command, Joint Base Lewis McChord.  During her military career, she was the recipient of awards and decorations that include the Legion of Merit, Order of Military Medical Merit and Expert Field Medical Badge.

Her experience and education center in the management of medical services delivery and human resources management.  She is alumni of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program, the University of Washington Executive Management Program and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration.  She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

As WDVA Director, Alfie is a member of Governor Jay Inslee’s Executive Cabinet and serves as the Chair of the Governor’s Healthy and Safe Communities Council which is charged with fostering the health of Washingtonians from a healthy start to a safe and supported future and Co-Chair of the Washington State Military Transition Council.

She is the recipient of local, state and national awards including the Governor’s Distinguished Management Leadership Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award for women in the military from the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) and the Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Leadership Award.