Ambassador Beatrice Wilkinson Welters

Former United States Ambassador @ Trinidad and Tobago

Beatrice Wilkinson Welters

Beatrice Wilkinson Welters has a strong record of service to her country and her community, with a special focus on providing opportunities to underserved young people.

Mrs. Welters served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago from May 2010 through November 2012 where her primary mission was to ensure that her host country remained committed to promote citizen safety and reduce illicit trafficking throughout the region. During her term as Ambassador she also facilitated the first performance by the National Symphony Orchestra in a Caribbean nation.

Mrs. Welters' passion for helping young people from under-resourced and challenging environments is carried out through the AnBryce Foundation, which she founded with her husband in 1995. One of their programs, Camp Dogwood Summer Academy, is a tuition free camp that welcomes over 100 young campers each summer, providing educational and personal development programs.

In 1998 the AnBryce Scholars Program was created at the New York University School of Law. This program assists students of high merit who come from backgrounds of severe economic disadvantage and are the first in their families to attend graduate school, and provides full-tuition scholarships as well as summer employment, mentoring and other enrichment opportunities. In n 2012, the AnBryce Scholars Initiative was established at the University of Notre Dame. To date, the programs have enabled nearly 100 young people to obtain their undergraduate or law degrees.

Mrs. Welters serves on the boards of several distinguished Washington, DC institutions, including the Brookings Institution, and the Maret School. She is also a member of the Board of Visitors at Colin Powell’s School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College of New York.