May 29, 2014—A pair of Kosovar Albanians visiting Washington, D.C., as part of a USAID-supported program rode in a motorcycle parade, heard oratory from elected officials, and listened to pipers playing “Taps” during a Memorial Day weekend outing. Lori Brock, a principal at Nathan Associates, not only organized the outing—she drove her Harley-Davidson, complete with sidecar.
The visitors, Vjosa Beqaj and Yilka Bina, participate in USAID’s Women in Governance and Economy Program, which develops the professional and leadership potential of women in Kosovo. Ms. Beqaj and Ms. Bina received 12-week fellowships to visit the United States through the Hope Fellowship Program, implemented since 2001 by the National Albanian American Council with USAID support. As part of the fellowship experience, the women interact with U.S. professionals. Ms. Brock, a Nathan specialist in business development, trained the two Hope Fellows in grant writing and provided other assistance as well.
Going above and beyond the program’s requirements, Ms. Brock arranged for Ms. Beqaj and Ms. Bina to join her as passengers in the “Ride for Freedom,” the annual motorcycle parade organized by the advocacy group “Rolling Thunder.”
Ms. Brock has friends the world over because of her extraordinary hospitality to fellows, scholars, and other visitors for Nathan-related activities.