Lourdes (Alfie) E. Alvarado-Ramos

President National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs

Alfie Alvarado serves as the Director of YOUR Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.  The Department is the statewide advocate for our veterans and families’ 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, Expert Field Medical Badge and Meritorious Service Medals.  


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 Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration.  She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.


As Director, she is a member of Governor Jay Inslee’s Executive Cabinet and serves as the Chair of the Washington Military Transition Council.   In this capacity she leads statewide efforts for the seamless transition of members of the military and their families to Washington State’s communities.  She also serves in the Governor’s Results Washington Design Team which ensures state wide application of quality improvement.


Alfie Alvarado is the current President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs and serves on the Boards of Directors of the Patrick Madigan Foundation, National Association of State Veterans Homes and the Association of Washington Generals. 


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. 

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