Monday, March 25, 2019, 11:30 AM


With almost daily examples of political tribalism and Congressional dysfunction, one can wonder if other democracies can provide examples of how to overcome the inertia we face and how to address our nation’s challenges? COFFE’s March speaker, John Berry, may provide insights and offer suggestions based on his extensive and varied US government experience and the knowledge he gained as the former Ambassador to Australia.

In 2013, President Obama named Berry as the Ambassador to Australia, where he got to know how the Australian government worked. Following his three year tour as the United States Ambassador to Australia, Berry, was named President of the American Australian Association (AAA). The AAA was founded nearly 70 years ago by Sir Keith Murdoch and a group of prominent American bankers to promote cooperation and understanding between the United States and Australia. It is now the largest and most prestigious non-profit organization in the United States and Australia for building strategic alliances between our countries.

Luncheons are held at the Holiday Inn, Westpark, in Rosslyn, VA. The luncheon begins at 11:30 with a social period followed by lunch, the presentation, and a question and answer session and ends by 1:30 PM.  The cost of the luncheon is $25 for COFFE members and $30 for non-members.


To RSVP for the luncheon please click  the link below.  In the body of the email write your name and if bringing guests, please list each person’s name on a separate line.  A confirmation email will be sent when your request is processed.  REGISTER HERE

COFFE was established in November 1988 and we are celebrating 30 years of “Promoting Quality Public Service” during this luncheon season (September 2018 – May 2019).  We urge non-members who attend luncheons to help support COFFE by joining.   The annual dues are $30 – tax deductible.  The recent increase in the luncheon price is intended as an incentive to increase our membership to make COFFE a more forceful voice in the growing movement to protect civil servants.

We wish to thank our partner organizations, the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA), the Senior Executive Association (SEA), National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), and the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (NCAC) for helping to spread the word about COFFE”s luncheons.


Political Commentator Mark Shields –  “THE STATE OF THE UNITED STATES”

A full ballroom plus a lively and extended Q&A session attested to our February luncheon audience’s interest in our speaker, Mark Shields. Mr. Shield enlightened and informed the group with his expertise on the US political process and America’s political parties

A full review of Mr. Shields’ presentation is included in the COFFE News which is distributed to COFFE members.  Join COFFE and stay informed even on those occasions when you cannot attend the monthly luncheon.


In collaboration with the Arlington Public School System and to promote interest in public service, COFFE has initiated a program where one teacher each month is able to attend our luncheon, as our guest. Both teachers and students benefit from this collaboration.


Michael Lawliss, a MPA candidate in the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration was selected, from 31 applicants, to receive the 2018 Council of Former Federal Executives Public Service Scholarship in the amount of $2000.

Michael is a 2014 graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington.  He holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration.  After graduating from the University of Vermont, Michael began working in the office of Senator Bernie Sanders as a Legislative Intern before becoming a Staff Assistant and then Legislative Correspondent.  Michael’s ultimate goal is to work at the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer so that he can have a role in shaping our foreign policy goals.

In his scholarship application, Michael wrote:  “As someone who has been interested in politics my entire life, I believe public service is the best way I can make a real difference in the lives of the American people.”

With young people like Michael pursuing careers in government, there is a reason for optimism about the future of public service!


Founded in 1988, COFFE’s objectives are to support public service and to enable current and former federal and local government executives and all other members of the public who are interested, to keep abreast of major government policy and operations issues.  COFFE is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.  COFFE and Associates welcome all who are interested in promoting public service and learning about major policy issues to attend our luncheons and to become a member.  Read More