Amb. Alice G. Wells
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, US Department of State
Alice G. Wells, a career Foreign Service Officer, assumed her duties as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia on 26th June 2017. She previously served as the United States Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; a senior advisor in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau in the Department of State, as Special Assistant to the President for Russia and Central Asia in the White House (2012-2013); Executive Assistant to Secretary of State, Clinton (2011-2012) and Executive Assistant to Under Secretary for Political Affairs William J. Burns (2009-2011).
From 2006 to 2009, Ambassador Wells served as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Moscow, and previously worked as Director of Maghreb Affairs and as Acting Director of Egypt and North African Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Ambassador Wells also served as a political officer at the US Embassy in New Delhi, Islamabad and Riyadh. She has a BA from Stanford University and a joint MA from the University of California at Los Angeles/Rand Corporation. She speaks Russian and has studied Arabic, Urdu and Hindi.