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Executive Director Thomas Flanagan

As Finlandia Foundation National celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding, the leading independent source of support for Finnish culture in the United States has hired its first paid executive.

Thomas (Tommy) Flanagan is the newly appointed executive director of the non-profit organization that has, since it was established in 1953, been run by a volunteer board of directors.

The executive director represents FFN in the community. It is his responsibility to lead the operation, overseeing its mission, administration, fundraising and strategic plan.

Tommy, a Montana-born Finnish American, is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, with a BA in Political Science and German and minor in Global Studies. He achieved a masters in German and European Studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and took courses in political science, German, Finnish and Swedish at Åbo Akademi University. Most recently, he was Language Programs Officer at Goethe-Institut. Tommy is a founding member of the FFN Young Leaders Board.

Contact: thomas.flanagan @

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