|Member of Congress|
|Assumed office |
26 July 2021
|President of Congress|
26 July 2021 – 26 July 2022
|Vice President||1st Vice President|
2nd Vice President
3rd Vice President
|Preceded by||Mirtha Vásquez (interim)|
|Succeeded by||Lady Camones|
María del Carmen Alva Prieto
24 February 1967
|Political party||Popular Action|
|Alma mater||University of Lima|
University of San Martín de Porres
María del Carmen Alva Prieto (born 24 February 1967) is a Peruvian lawyer and politician serving as the president of the Congress of the Republic of Peru since 26 July 2021 and a member of the Congress representing Lima. She is a member of the centrist Popular Action.
Alva was born in Lima on 24 February 1967 and is a daughter Miguel Alva Orlandini, brother of a former congressman and historic leader of the Popular Action Javier Alva Orlandini. Her grandfather, José Felipe Alva y Alva was senator for Cajamarca.
She studied law at the University of Lima where she graduated as a lawyer. She obtained a master's degree in Public Management at the Government Institute of the University of San Martín de Porres.
She was a parliamentary coordinator and lawyer of the Legal Management of the Social Security Normalization Office. Additionally, she was a legal advisor at the Ministry of Labor and Promotion of Employment.
For the 2006 general elections, she was a member of the Government Plan Commission on public management issues for the presidential candidacy of Valentín Paniagua. In those elections, Alva began her political career running for the Congress of the Republic for the Frente de Centro. However, she was not elected.
In the 2010 Lima municipal elections, she was elected councilor of Santa María del Mar for Popular Action. And also deputy mayor, during the administration of Viviana Roda Scheuch, for the municipal period 2010-2014.
In the 2020 parliamentary elections, she tried again to run for Congress for Popular Action, but was not elected again.
In the 2021 general elections, Alva was elected congresswoman of the republic for Acción Popular, with 25,219 votes, for the 2021-2026 parliamentary term. On July 26, 2021, Alva was elected president of the Congress of the Republic for the 2021-2022 legislative period.
She is married and has three sons.