Alaina B. Teplitz
Alaina B. Teplitz official photo.jpg
Assistant Secretary of State for Administration
Assumed office
December 6, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byCarrie Cabelka
United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives
In office
November 1, 2018 – December 6, 2021
PresidentDonald Trump
Joe Biden
Preceded byAtul Keshap
Succeeded byJulie Chung
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 52–53)
Alma materGeorgetown University (BS)
Indiana University, Bloomington (MPA)[citation needed]

Alaina B. Teplitz (born 1969) has served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Administration since 2021. She served as U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives from 2018–2021 and U.S. Ambassador to Nepal from 2015–2018. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Career Minister, she joined the State Department in 1991 and is the recipient of numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.[1]

Education

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

Career

Teplitz was the Director of the Management Training Division at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute from 2007 to 2009. She served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Near East and South and Central Asia Bureau’s joint executive office from 2009 to 2011, where she handled the South and Central Asia portfolio, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. She was Minister Counselor for Management at U.S. Embassy Kabul from 2011 to 2012.[3] From 2012 to 2015, Teplitz held the Assistant-Secretary ranked position of Director of the Under Secretary for Management’s Office of Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation (M/PRI)[4] at the Department of State. Under her leadership, M/PRI found innovative ways to reform our bureaucracy and improve the way that our diplomatic service operates. Teplitz championed efforts to improve knowledge management, data use, and risk management.[5]

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.[5]

United States Ambassador to Nepal

On March 26, 2015, President Barack Obama announced Teplitz to be serve as the United States Ambassador to Nepal.[6] On August 5, 2015, she was confirmed in the United States Senate by voice vote.[7] She presented her credentials on October 7, 2015.[8]

United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

On May 25, 2018, President Donald Trump announced Teplitz to serve as the United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.[9] On September 6, 2018, she was confirmed in the Senate by voice vote.[10] She was sworn into office on October 22, 2018.[11] She presented her credentials in Sri Lanka on November 1, 2018[8] and in the Maldives on November 18, 2018.[8]

Assistant Secretary of State for Administration

On December 3, 2021, President Joe Biden announced Teplitz to serve as the Assistant Secretary of State for Administration.[5] She was sworn in on December 6, 2021.

Personal life

Teplitz is married and has two sons.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Alaina B. Teplitz". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  2. ^ "U.S. Ambassador to Nepal: Who Is Alaina Teplitz?". AllGov. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives: Who Is Alaina B. Teplitz?". AllGov. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "Teplitz, Alaina B." U.S. Department of State. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "President Biden Announces Alaina B. Teplitz as Assistant Secretary of State for Administration" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: The White House. December 3, 2021. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  6. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: The White House. March 26, 2015. Archived from the original on January 20, 2017. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  7. ^ "PN325 - Nomination of Alaina B. Teplitz for Department of State, 114th Congress (2015-2016)". www.congress.gov. August 5, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c "Alaina B. Teplitz - People - Department History - Office of the Historian". history.state.gov. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  9. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: The White House. May 25, 2018. Archived from the original on January 20, 2021. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  10. ^ "PN2031 - Nomination of Alaina B. Teplitz for Department of State, 115th Congress (2017-2018)". www.congress.gov. September 6, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  11. ^ "Teplitz sworn in as new US Ambassador to SL". www.dailymirror.lk. October 23, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  12. ^ "Ambassador Alaina Teplitz | U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka". U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on April 27, 2021. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
Diplomatic posts Preceded byPeter W. Bodde United States Ambassador to Nepal 2015–2018 Succeeded byRandy W. Berry Preceded byAtul Keshap United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives 2018–2021 Succeeded byJulie Chung

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