Monday, March 30, 2020, 11:30 AM

Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the upcoming COFFE luncheon scheduled for Monday, March 30. We will keep you informed going forward on plans for the April 27 meeting.

Stay distanced! Stay safe!

Ellen Wormser, President, COFFE


The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is the top job-development agency in the state and was tasked with developing Virginia’s bid for Amazon’s HQ2. VEDP’s Executive Vice President, Jason El Koubi, will explain how they were successful in persuading Amazon to select the pricey locale of Crystal City over hundreds of lower-cost options by utilizing an intriguing analysis of data and economic theory and skilled salesmanship.

El Koubi will talk about how a West Coast economist named Enrico Moretti’s research showed that tomorrow’s jobs are going to cities that are already home to large concentrations of highly educated workers. This economist argued that these are more valuable to employers than tax breaks. And Virginia based its bid on this theory.

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.

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.


To RSVP for the luncheon please click on 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 for luncheon.



Ambassador J. Stapleton (Stape) Roy talked briefly about the Coronavirus and how China’s internal politics are driving many of the decisions about how to deal with the problem and how to share the information with the rest of the world. The majority of his very thorough presentation focused on the US/China relationship and the implications for trade and other issues and on China’s relationship with Hong Kong and Taiwan. The presentation was followed by a questions and answers session.

A full review of Ambassador Roy’s presentation is included in the COFFE newsletter which is distributed to the membership.


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.


Ms. Lina Stolyar is the recipient of the 2019 Council of Former Federal Executives Public Service Scholarship.  Ms Stoylar accepted the scholarship and gave brief remarks at the September 2019 COFFE luncheon.

Ms. Stolyar is a 1st year Master of Public Policy (MPP) student at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Her goal is to pursue a career in public service aimed at addressing health inequities and ensuring accessible and affordable health care to all. Her professor, Judith Feder, states in her nomination that during her first semester, “Lina demonstrated the intelligence, enthusiasm, and dedication to evidence-based policy that will make her a star in public service.

In order to help pay for her education, she has worked as a Teaching Assistant for McCourt’s Negotiation class and currently serves as a Research Assistant for Professor Jean Mitchell. Lina’s initiative, ability, and commitment are further demonstrated by an award she and her fellow MPP classmate Emilia Calmat received as winners of the Georgetown Public Policy Challenge. They received $3,000 to implement their innovative project, Breathe Easy–a proposal designed to address DC’s high asthma prevalence and ER utilization rates by supporting home visits by community health workers.”

Professor Feder concluded Ms. Stolyar with the following: “I’m confident this will just be the beginning of a stellar public service career that will make you proud, as I am, that you helped her on her way!”


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