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Alaina B. Teplitz


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Director, Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation
Term of Appointment: 10/01/2012 to present
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Ms. Teplitz joined the Under Secretary for Management’s Office of Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation (M/PRI) at the Department of State in 2012. A career Foreign Service Officer occupying an Assistant Secretary-ranked position, she advises senior management on management policy and chief-of-mission authority issues, as well as managing rightsizing of the U.S. Government overseas presence, coordinating regionalization, business process reengineering and shared services with regional, functional and management bureaus within the Department and with other U.S. Government agencies.

Prior to leading M/PRI, Ms. Teplitz was Minister Counselor for Management from 2011-2012 at U.S. Embassy Kabul. She managed a team providing the diplomatic platform for U.S. Government Chief of Mission civilian activities in Afghanistan. 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. Ms. Teplitz 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.

In Belgium, Ms. Teplitz worked closely with USEURAR elements in Belgium and the Netherlands to coordinate crisis response and to develop and implement a crisis management exercise. In addition, Ms. Teplitz worked extensively on establishing a quality management program at the Joint Administrative Services to better manage resources and to improve efficiency. As Director of Management Tradecraft training she led an extensive curricula update to ensure the skills and knowledge needed to support the State Department’s quality management efforts were incorporated into management training.

Ms. Teplitz’s initial Washington-based experience was gained as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Administration and as a Program Analyst in the Bureau of Administration. She served a tour as a Watch Officer in the Operations Center.

A 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. Hailing originally from Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Teplitz is a transplanted Washingtonian, holding a BSFS from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.



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