The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation recalls with great fondness its relationship with Marta Kolomayets. Marta was not only a consummate professional but a genuine part of the extended USUF family which has worked continuously on U.S.-Ukraine relations for the past thirty years. Between December 2004 and September 2007 Marta was Chief of Party for the Foundation's largest project at that time: the USAID Community Partnerships Program (CPP). During its ten-year span the CPP twinned U.S. and Ukrainian communities to work on jointly defined municipal problems and also provided training for literally tens of thousands of Ukrainian local government officials through five training centers located in Lviv, Cherkasy, Kherson, Kharkiv and Donetsk.
Marta was also an active board member of the USUF's Ukrainian partner organization, the Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy, a think-tank focusing on media reform, conflict resolution issues and ethnic and linguistic policies. Memories of her personal and professional commitment form part of her legacy. Indeed, as a trained journalist Marta was always looking for additional ways to report and promote whatever activities for which she was responsible. By way of recalling her infectious commitment, the Foundation offers this short promotional video about the CPP. She may have been too modest to feature in this initiative of hers but it would not have been made without her and definitelyshe is there in spirit. Thanks for the memories, Marta!