Hanna Wagner was born and raised in the Helsinki area. In the early 1980’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, D.C.
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, they settled in Washington, where she has been teaching Finnish, working as a freelance interpreter, and being active in local Finnish organizations. From 2010 to 2012 she was the president of Finn Spark Inc., a Washington area Finnish Association that was founded in 1949.
Hanna and her husband David have two grown sons.