Alicia Downs

Development Operations Manager

Alicia Marie Downs, MSW currently serves Blue Star Families as the Development Operations Manager where she combines her experience in private corporation and non-profit organizations with her education in Social Work and Psychology.

Prior to joining Blue Star Families, Alicia served with The Mission Continues as National Outreach Manager and Regional Outreach Specialist. While at The Mission Continues, Alicia had the privilege of supporting hundreds of veterans in finding purpose through continued service across the country.

Ms. Downs holds a graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work; an undergraduate degree of Psychology from Wesleyan College of Macon, Georgia; and an associate’s degree in Literature & Writing Studies from Mira Costa College of Oceanside, California. Alicia honorably served as a United States Marine as a communications and electronics technician.

She has appeared on the Kojo Nnamdi Show and on various conference panels focused on veterans, military families, and the items affecting them. Ms. Downs hopes to continue contributing to this body of work through advocacy, academia, and publication.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, and raised in Los Angeles, California, Alicia currently resides with her four daughters in the Maryland suburbs outside of Washington, D.C.