Alaina B. Teplitz

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Alaina B. Teplitz
Alaina B. Teplitz official photo.jpg
United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives
Assumed office
November 1, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byAtul Keshap
United States Ambassador to Nepal
In office
September 28, 2015 – August 8, 2018
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byPeter W. Bodde
Succeeded byRandy W. Berry
Personal details
Born1969 (age 50–51)
Alma materGeorgetown University

Alaina B. Teplitz (born 1969) was sworn in as Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives on October 22, 2018.[1] She served as U.S. Ambassador to Nepal from 2015–2018. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, she joined the State Department in 1991 and is the recipient of numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.

Early life and education[edit]

Teplitz holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University[2] School of Foreign Service and a Master’s in Public Administration from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.


Teplitz held the Assistant-Secretary ranked position of Director of the Under Secretary for Management’s Office of Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation (M/PRI)[3] at the Department of State from 2012–2015. Under her leadership, M/PRI found innovative ways to reform our bureaucracy and improve the way that our diplomatic service operates. Ambassador Teplitz championed efforts to improve knowledge management, data use, and risk management.

Prior to leading M/PRI, Alaina Teplitz was Minister Counselor for Management at U.S. Embassy Kabul from 2011–2012.[4] Ms. Teplitz also served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Near East and South and Central Asia Bureau’s joint executive office from 2009–2011, where she handled the South and Central Asia portfolio, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. She was the Director of the Management Training Division at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute from 2007–2009. Previous assignments include Management Counselor in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Deputy Director of the Joint Administrative Services supporting three U.S. Missions – the U.S. Mission to NATO, the U.S. Mission to the European Union, and the Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium – in Brussels, Belgium. Her previous posts also include: Ulaanbaatar, Tirana, and Sydney.


She is married and has two sons.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PN2031 – Nomination of Alaina B. Teplitz for Department of State, 115th Congress (2017–2018)". 2018-09-06. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  2. ^ "U.S. Ambassador to Nepal: Who Is Alaina Teplitz?". AllGov. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  3. ^ "Teplitz, Alaina B." U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  4. ^ "Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives: Who Is Alaina B. Teplitz?". AllGov. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  5. ^ "Ambassador Alaina Teplitz | U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka". U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Peter W. Bodde
United States Ambassador to Nepal
Succeeded by
Randy W. Berry
Preceded by
Atul Keshap
United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

External links[edit]

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