Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz was nominated to be the United States Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in 2015. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, she joined the State Department in 1991. As Chief of Mission, she builds upon 70 years of partnership and cooperation in order to enhance prosperity, encourage democracy and ensure stability while strengthening Nepal-United States relations.
Focused on laying the foundation for successful 21st century American diplomacy, Ambassador Teplitz held the Assistant Secretary-ranked position of Director of the Under Secretary for Management’s Office of Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation (M/PRI) at the Department of State from 2012-2015. Under her leadership, M/PRI found innovative ways to reform our own 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, Ambassador Teplitz was Minister Counselor for Management at U.S. Embassy Kabul from 2011-2012. Ambassador 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.
Ambassador Teplitz holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She is married and has two sons.