After six years as the Estonian American National Council’s first Washington, DC Director, it is time for me to move on to other opportunities. I have very much valued my time and work with EANC. I learned a great deal about the Estonian American community and organizations, Estonian and Baltic security cooperation with the U.S., U.S. security policy and the legislative process, and Washington’s foreign policy and advocacy circles.
My goal in this position was mainly twofold: to raise the profile of Estonian Americans and the community’s interests among policymakers and associated influencers in DC; and to keep the Estonian community throughout the U.S. informed regarding EANC’s work in DC – including relevant legislation, issues, and events – in order to raise awareness, encourage interest, and facilitate grassroots participation in calling for policy that ensures a robust security relationship between the U.S. and Estonia. I hope I was successful in prompting at least a few previously non-politically active Esto Americans to make contact with their Members of Congress.
Of course, the most meaningful part of the job was the friendships and connections forged with the people I worked with and who mentored and supported me as I was learning the ropes. My deepest thanks and appreciation go to:
I will always truly cherish and remain grateful for my time in this unique position.
Former EANC Washington DC, Director