The Young Leaders Board of Finlandia Foundation National was formed in early 2021 to encourage involvement in, and appreciation of, Finnish America and Finland in the United States among people between the ages of 23 and 35.
YLB is an all-volunteer organization designed to have a rotating membership, so that the perspectives, engagement and activities remain fresh. Earlier this year, FFN put out a call for YLB applicants, and the response was tremendous. We are excited to welcome new members Lexi Brewer, Abi Carlson, Oliver Gardner, Rachel Hamalainen, Anne Junttila, Nate Kilponen-Fix and Ashley Lund. They join Mirva Johnson, Mikko McFeely, Anya Peck and Lauren Tuiskula, and have already had the opportunity to participate in the Young Leaders Forum, “Digital Economy and Tomorrow’s Leaders," at the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C.
FFN thanks the departing, founding members of YLB: Tatu Kunto, Julia Paster and Kaija Perkiömäki. Tommy Flanagan, also a founding YLB member, was named FFN Executive Director in February of 2023.
Pictured above at the Embassy, from left: Lexi Brewer, Abi Carlson, Lauren Tuiskula, Tommy Flanagan, Ambassador Mikko Hautala, Anya Peck, Ashley Lund and Sauli Sinisalo of Finland's Bluefors, who spoke about Finnish quantum tech expertise.