Mark Wells assumed duties as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, on August 12, 2019. He is a Minister-Counselor in the Foreign Service. Mr. Wells comes to Bogota with more than a decade of experience in the Andean region of Latin America. He comes from the U.S. Embassy in Lima where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission from 2017-2019. From 2009-11, Mr. Wells was the Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Colombia. He served in the State Department’s Office of Andean Affairs as the senior desk officer in charge of Colombia (2006-2008) and Venezuela (2006-2007) and was Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela from 2003 to 2006.
From 2011- 2013, Mr. Wells oversaw civilian security and counter-narcotics programs in the Western Hemisphere for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in the Department of State. In that position, he managed a portfolio of $1.2 billion in foreign assistance in more than 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Other postings include the Regional Embassy Office in Mosul, Iraq, U.S. Embassy Bolivia, and the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico. In addition, he served as Coordinator for Cuban Affairs in the Department of State (2014-2017). Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Wells worked in the Department of State as a coordinator in the office that managed the Summit of the Americas process.
Mr. Wells has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Oral Roberts University (1991), a Master of Arts degree in international relations from the George Washington University (1995), and a Master of Science degree in national security strategy from the National War College (2014). He and his wife, Tabitha, have four children. He speaks fluent Spanish.