Tarja Silverman was born in Helsinki, Finland, and has lived most of her life in New York City.
She has a Master’s degree in Art Administration from New York University and has worked at the Consulate General of Finland in New York for more than 15 years. She has served as president of the Finlandia Foundation New York Metropolitan Chapter, and has been a board member since 2002. Prior to that, she was a board member of the American Scandinavian Society and the Finnish American Women’s Network (FAWN).
Visual art is close to her heart, and that is why she curated a number of art exhibits of mostly Finnish artists in New York. Tarja had her own exhibition of four Finnish artists in the Hampton Art Fair in Bridgehampton, Long Island, in the summer of 2011.
She has three children with dual Finnish-American citizenship, and her goal is to keep the rich Finnish cultural heritage alive.