Hanna Wagner was born and raised in the Helsinki area. In the early 80’s she married her husband, a diplomat in the U.S. State Department. His job took the family to several posts located in Latin America, Europe, Africa and of course home to Washington DC.
Every place she lived had a Finnish Club, a school or a “coffee circle” that made it possible to keep in touch with Finns and things Finnish. In 2008, after her husband’s retirement, she settled in Washington where she has been teaching Finnish, working as a free-lance interpreter, and been active in local Finnish organizations. From 2010 to 2012 she was the President of Finn Spark Inc., a Washington area Finnish Association that celebrates its 65th anniversary next year.
Hanna and her husband David have two grown sons.