On August 5, the United States Senate confirmed Alaina B. Teplitz to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Nepal.
Ambassador-designate Teplitz will replace Ambassador Peter W. Bodde. In her testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in June, she outlined her goals “to strengthen Nepal’s democracy, advance its economic growth and improve its resiliency.” Ambassador-designate Teplitz emphasized the United States’ commitment to work with the government and people of Nepal to “build back better” from the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks.
According to a press release issued by Public Affairs Section Embassy of The United States, Teplitz most recently served as the Director of the Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation at the U.S. Department of State. A career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador-designate Teplitz has also served as Minister-Counselor for Management at U.S. Embassy Kabul and as Deputy Executive Director of the Near East and South and Central Asia Bureau’s joint executive office. Previous posts include Bangladesh, Belgium, Mongolia, Albania and Australia. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Ambassador-designate Teplitz’s arrival date has yet to be confirmed.