Alice Wells

Alice G. Wells
United States Ambassador to Jordan
In office
July 28, 2014  January 20, 2017
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Stuart E. Jones
Succeeded by vacant
Personal details
Born 1963 (age 5455)
Beirut, Beirut Governorate, Lebanon
Spouse(s) Kurt E. Amend
Alma mater Stanford University

Alice G. Wells is an American diplomat and former Ambassador of the United States of America to Jordan.

Early life and education

Wells was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Heidi and Wes Wells. Her father was at the time a U.S. Army officer stationed there as part of President Eisenhower's 1958 Middle East Task Force.[1][2] After attending Bainbridge Island High School, she earned a BA from Stanford University in 1985 and a joint MA from the University of California at Los Angeles/Rand Corporation.[3]


Wells is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service. Wells served as a political officer and a political-military officer at the US embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as well as a political and economic officer at the US embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. She was acting director of Egypt and North African Affairs in the bureau of Near Eastern affairs from 2003 to 2005. She served as minister counsellor for political affairs at the US embassy in Moscow from 2006 to 2009 and was director of Maghreb affairs. Wells also served as executive assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2011 to 2012, and to Undersecretary for Political Affairs William J. Burns from 2009 to 2011. She served as an assessor at the foreign service board of examiners in 2013 and was special assistant to the president for Russia and Central Asia in the White House from 2012 to 2013.

When nominated to become the U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, she was serving as senior adviser in the bureau of Near Eastern affairs at the Department of State. She began her assignment as ambassador on July 28, 2014.[4] In January 2016 Wells announced at a press briefing in Amman that the US Congress has approved “an unprecedented” $1.275 billion in assistance to Jordan in its 2016 budget bill. The amount includes economic aid, security assistance and assistance with the country's water supply. Wells noted that the aid was approved with bi-partisan support of Republicans and Democrats.[5]

President Donald Trump removed her as Ambassador, at the request of King Abdullah II.[6]

She was then appointed Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.[7]


Wells speaks English, Russian and has studied Arabic, Urdu and Hindi. She is married to Kurt E. Amend. Together, they have three children.[8]


  1. U.S. Ambassador to Jordan: Who Is Alice Wells? ALLGOV, July 26, 2014
  2. The Testimony of Alice G Wells Women in Jordan, May 15, 2014
  3. Obama announces intent to nominate Alice Wells as ambassador to Jordan Jordan Times, April 12, 2014
  4. Alice G Wells US Ambassador to Jordan U.S. Department of State, accessed Feb 16, 2016
  5. Congress approves ‘unprecedented’ assistance to Jordan — Wells The Jordan Times, Jan 21, 2016
  6. "Trump Dumped U.S. Ambassador to Amman at Request of King". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  7. "Trump Dumped U.S. Ambassador to Amman at Request of King". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  8. Ambassador Archived 2013-02-13 at the Wayback Machine. U.S. Embassy, Jordan, accessed May 9, 2016
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Stuart E. Jones
United States Ambassador to Jordan
Succeeded by
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