Story by Liesel Schmidt | Portrait by Lucia Smith
Felicia Brewster is someone who, as a DMV transplant, keenly understands the importance of finding a place that feels like home. “Home” is a concept so important for Brewster that in addition to her work as a Real Living at Home Realtor with @Properties, she serves on the Affordable Housing Committee for the City of Alexandria. She also served as a past chair of the Young Professionals Network for the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR) and currently serves as Vice Chair of the CARES committee for NVAR, directly giving back to organizations in the community such as ALIVE, Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together.
Additionally, Brewster serves on the Housing Opportunity Committee for the Maryland Association of Realtors as well as Diversity Equity and Inclusion for the Virginia Association of Realtors. In 2022, she was awarded Volunteer of the Year with Alexandria Senior Services for the Groceries2Go Program. “My husband and I shop weekly with this program and also participate in Meals on Wheels,” she says.
“When I was in elementary school, I was the top fundraiser for Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart, which were sponsored by the American Heart Association, so I have been promoting heart health for a while. Heart health is often forgotten about as we live our day-to-day lives, but women of color are disproportionally affected by heart issues and we need to keep it top of mind.” - Felicia Brewster
The giving spirit does not stop there. “Throughout [the] COVID [pandemic], I created a group called Agents in Action to help better serve our communities,” she says. “We have volunteered at the Capital Area Foodbank, Martha’s Table and Meals on Wheels. My grandfather volunteered over 40 hours weekly before he was no longer able to drive due to his diagnosis of ALS. When he was not able to continue, I wanted to pick up where he left off. Serving has always been important in my life and being able to give back to a community that I now call home is in the fabric of my life and businesses. I truly believe in paying it forward and if I can continue to pay it forward, I hope the chain continues to grow.”