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HCA WA Meet the US Consul General

The Harvard Club invites you to meet the US Consul General – Rachel Cooke: 15th November 2016


Dear Harvard Club Members and friends

I am delighted to invite you to welcome the new US Consul General to Western Australia. Her impressive bio is found below.

Ms Cooke will introduce herself and her aspirations for her time in Western Australia. As this is a week after the US elections no doubt there will be snippets and behind the scenes views on the outcome of the election also.

Thank you once again to Mark Paganin and Clayton Utz for hosting the event.

We hope that you will be able to join us. Please feel free to bring along a guest.

Best wishes – Elizabeth Carr

Date:     Tuesday 15th November 2016
Time:    5:45pm for a 6pm start.
Format: The Consul general will speak for approximately 20 minutes with a further 20 minutes or so for questions.
Close:   The event will continue with networking until 7:30pm.
Location: Clayton Utz: Level 27, QV1, 250 St Georges Tce Perth WA.
Cost: $30pp - please book online

Rachel Cooke assumed the position of U.S. Consul General in Perth on August 11, 2016 with responsibilities for Western Australia.

A career Foreign Service Officer, Rachel most recently served as the Deputy Director of the Department of State office that oversees bilateral policy between the U.S. and six southeast Asian nations.  Prior to that she spent five years working on Afghanistan issues, focusing primarily on education development and media engagement, and leading joint civilian-military training.  Rachel has also served in Malaysia, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, where she was Acting Public Affairs Officer during both the 2005 and 2010 revolutions.  

Prior to joining the Foreign Service Rachel worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and for NASA.  She was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand teaching fish farming.  Rachel has a B.S. in Marine Biology, and Master degrees in Environmental Management and Public Policy from Indiana University.  Having grown up on the beach in New Jersey, she is delighted to have the opportunity to serve in Australia and check out the surf (as is her husband Martin).