Thursday, January 10, 2013

General Alfie Alvarado-Ramos to head Department of Veterans Affairs

Lourdes Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, a board member of the Association of Washington Generals, is Governor-Elect Jay Inslee's choice to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Alfie Alvarado-Ramos receives her commission as a
Washington General from then-commander Bill Sperry in 2011.
The announcement was made Jan. 10 at the Legislative Preview session for members of the press. General Alvarado-Ramos was one of five appointments announced by the governor elect during the session.

"I’m very pleased by the caliber of talent and expertise these men and women will be bringing to my team,” said Inslee in making the apointments. “They understand my vision of bringing change to Olympia and bring an exciting blend of public and private sector experience that will serve the people of Washington State well.”

Alvarado-Ramos currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. Born in Puerto Rico, Alvarado served 22 years on active duty retiring in August 1993 as the Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington. During her military career, she was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations to include the Legion of Merit, Order of Military Medical Merit, Expert Field Medical Badge, and Meritorious Service Medals.

She is a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program, the University of Washington Executive Management Program, and holds a Nursing Home Administrator’s license, having previously managed two state veterans’ homes in Washington State.