Meet Deja Alvarez
Experience & Qualifications
With more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit and public health field, Deja Alvarez is committed to building on progressive values, economic recovery, and historic LGBTQ representation in Harrisburg.
Deja’s life experiences have shaped her boots-on-the-ground approach in addressing prejudice, hunger, homelessness, and implicit bias. As someone who has experienced homelessness and hunger as part of a marginalized community, she will not stand aside as people struggle. Her priorities include healthcare reform, the state of our roads and infrastructure, and policies that address economic resurgence in the district.
Deja currently serves as the director of community engagement at World Healthcare Infrastructures and chairperson of the Philadelphia Police LGBT Liaison Committee. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, she founded a food program for undocumented immigrant families and other food insecure individuals, serving more than a thousand families weekly. Deja also provides professional development and coaching for the Transgender Training Institiute (TTI).
Deja was formerly the director of Home for Hope, the first shelter in Pennsylvania to specifically serve LGBTQ people. She has also served on the board of directors at the William Way LGBT Community Center and worked as an assistant prevention navigator at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, where she helped LGBTQ people access medical services and appointments.
Deja has served in leadership roles for several local organizations and groups, including Mayor Kenney's Commission of LGBT Affairs and the Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs, the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club, and the William Way LGBT Community Center. In recognition of her leadership and dedication to Philadelphia’s communities, she has received awards including the Community Playmaker Award from Philadelphia Flyers and Walmart (2018), the Founders Award from The Men of All Colors (2017), the Community Hero Award from Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (2016), LGBTQ Person of the Year Award from Philadelphia Gay News (2016), the Jaci Adams Outproud Transgender Award from Philly Pride (2015), and the Community Advocacy Award from the I Am Human Campaign (2014).
"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made... It shouldn't be that women are the exception."
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Deja believes in listening to all viewpoints, even the unpopular ones. We can't learn if we don't listen.