2017 Espresso Series: International Perspectives USA

Inaugural Series

Events - 21 Feb 2017

This short, sharp, morning session, was the first of four sessions in our inaugural Espresso series.

The session explored what the public administration system / policy environment of the USA looks like. The presenters looked at how this system works, its structure, strengths and weaknesses and issues affecting the direction in which it is heading.  

Where you may often look to similar jurisdictions such as the UK, NZ and Canada for inspiration there is much to be learnt from the dissimilar services operating elsewhere. 

Have your say on some of the questions below in our LinkedIn Discussion Group

  • What ideas from the USA would improve public service in WA?
  • Should we borrow their practices to solve the challenges we face?
  • How else can a public administration system be structured? 

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Additional Resources

Series Facilitator

The series is facilitated by a senior public service leader, Dominique Mecoy EMPA, to ensure that key points relevant to you as a public servant in Western Australia are central to the conversation.

Dominique Mecoy
Director Client Services
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board

Meet the facilitator

Facilitator Bio
Dominique’s career spans over 20 years working for both federal and state government agencies, with a range of experiences in elite sport, science, food industry development, zoos and currently cemeteries. She likes diversity.

She holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Arts with triple major in French, German and English,  is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Leadership WA. Mecoy was recently named the Leadership WA Distinguished Fellow for 2016, which acknowledges leaders who have shown exceptional levels of leadership and community contribution.

Session 1: USA

To get you thinking:


Dr Kim Moloney
Senior Lecturer
Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs

Dr. Kim Moloney’s research intersects public administration, development administration, international organisations, and island-states.

Rachel Cooke
U.S. Consul General in Perth

A career Foreign Service Officer, Rachel brings a deep understanding of the structure and operation of United States’ State Department to this conversation. Most recently she 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.