Rachel Cooke assumed the position of U.S. Consul General in Perth on August 11, 2016 with responsibilities for Western Australia.
A career Senior Foreign Service Officer, Rachel has focused more than 20 years of work on building U.S. relationships in Asia and the Pacific. Immediately prior to taking up her current posting Rachel led the Southeast Asia policy team in Washington, DC. Before that she spent two years in Afghanistan developing educational opportunities and engaging with the media, and another two years 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 Western Australia and check out the surf (as is her husband Martin).