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  COFFE’s NEXT LUNCHEON 

Monday, February 24, 2020, 11:30 AM

CHINA – FRIEND OR FOE?

Former Ambassador to China to Speak

China is in the news these days as it struggles to deal with the Coronavirus, which is stirring global economic fears. As the world’s second-largest economy, China struggles to overtake the U.S. economy and to become the preeminent power in south Asia and Africa. Ambassador J. Stapleton (Stape) Roy will talk  about how successful they might be and address the U.S./China/Taiwan relations at COFFE’s February luncheon. He will also offer his insights into other areas of interest, such as, whether Trump’s policy and actions towards Taiwan will disrupt U.S. relations with China, which sees Taiwan as an extension of China? And, will China go to war to control Taiwan?

Ambassador Roy is Founding Director Emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

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.

LUNCHEON REGISTRATION

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.

MOST RECENT LUNCHEON

Climate Advocacy in the Year of Greta and the Age of Trump

As President of EDF Action, the advocacy partner of the Environmental Defense Fund, Mr. Joe Bonfiglio discussed the challenges of developing strategies for the adoption of policies that will combat current trends toward catastrophic consequences of man-made climate change. The challenges are magnified in a political environment that is, at best, ambivalent about the issue.  A lively Q&A followed the presentation.

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

PROMOTING QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICE 

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.

2019 COFFE PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

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!”

ABOUT COFFE

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