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Biografier: Kandidater SWEA NY 2021

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Pia was born in Örebro 1962, and raised in Mölndal, near Gothenburg. She studied “Kulturvetarprogrammet” at Gothenburg University, and later took her Copywriting Certificate at the IHM Business School, in Gothenburg. She worked as Project Manager and Copywriter in Advertising for 10 years in Sweden, before moving to Belgium 1996. In Brussels Pia hold the post as Head of the Baltic 7 Islands Regional Office for 2 years, worked as Public Relations Officer, acting Press Counselor at the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU for 11 years. After becoming a certified ICF Life Coach 2008, she begin a new job as Desk Officer at the Swedish EU-representation, responsible for recruitment of Swedes to the EU-institutions. She is currently on special leave from her job since 2018, when she moved to New York due to her husband’s job with the United Nations.

Pia has been active in Friskis & Svettis for more than 20 years, including board member and Vice President  for 7 years, and has been engaged in various tasks within the FS-global organisation. During her years in Brussels, Pia was also a board member in the Swedish “Liberal Group” and  the “Swedish network in Brussels”.

Pia joined SWEA New York in 2018. She has also been a member of SWEA Japan 1993-1994. On her free time in New York Pia loves walking and biking around Manhattan, and bring a book to read while trying out the different coffee shops! She loves good coffee and all kind of “bubbles”, which she enjoys drinking in the company of her newfound friends, many of which she met via SWEA! 

Pia is looking forward to continue serving on the Board as the President of SWEA New York for a second year of her 2 years mandat, until December 31, 2021.


Maria Bergenhem was born and partly raised in Linköping, Sweden. She moved to the US for high school in 2004 and has lived on the east coast basically since then (except for a return to Sweden in 2011 to 2013). She has a BA in Environmental Studies from NYU and a JD from Cornell Law School. She works at a law firm here in NYC called Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP where she counsels technology companies at various stages of development. Maria is very involved in the Swedish community in New York–she has sung in the Swedish church choir since 2007, sits on the Swedish Church of NY’s Board and is also a member of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce since 2017. She spends her free time with family and friends, enjoying NYC culture and food, and singing in the Swedish church choir.

Maria has been a member of SWEA New York since 2017 and currently leads SWEAs “job group”. Maria joined the board 2020 as an Alternate and is now looking forward to serve on the Board in the capacity as Vice President for the term January 1 – December 31, 2021.


Born in Dalsland, Maria was a reporter and photographer for Väster Norrlands Allehanda and Aftonbladet before moving to New York. Here, she worked in the PR/Publicity Dept of ABC TV for over 14 years, on assignment with the News and Programming divisions, photographing six different US presidents, numerous actors, politicians, celebrities and news anchors. She then started her own business, shooting weddings, portraits, features and various corporate assignments. She continued to pursue this while living in Mallorca with her family for four years. Since returning to Manhattan, she has also become a qualified personal trainer, and although she enjoys helping her clients feel good, her first love is still the camera.

Maria joined the board 2020 as an Alternate and is now looking forward to serve on the Board in the capacity as Secretary for the term January 1 – December 31, 2021.


Louise was born and raised in Vellinge, a small village outside of Malmö, Sweden. After many years in the restaurant industry; as waitress, chef and sommelier she’s now responsible for the accounting and administration at a wine bar and a restaurant in Copenhagen. Luckily, she was able to bring her work with her to NYC and she is currently working from here. She also studies courses in finance from Sweden.

Louise has moved quite a lot and lived in several different places, both abroad and in the three largest cities in Sweden, but she’ll always call Malmö home. In December 2018 her husband got an expat employment at Handelsbanken in NYC so they decided to move here for a few years.

Her biggest interests are food & wine and she loves testing all great restaurants in the city. She also enjoys running, working out, spending time with family and friends or just relax with a good TV-series.

Louise joined the board 2020 as an Alternate and is now looking forward to serve on the Board in the capacity as Treasurer for the term January 1 – December 31, 2021.


Sandra Lindhe was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. She met her husband Marcus when she was traveling through Australia in 2008.

Sandra worked in Human Resources at one of Sweden’s largest banks before she decided to become a teacher. She now holds a Teaching degree from Stockholm University and worked as a primary school teacher in Sweden before she moved to New York City in June 2018, because of her husband’s work. 

Sandra is working as a Swedish language teacher at The United Nations International School, in a Forest class at The Scandinavian School of Jersey City, and as a private tutor. 

Sandra loves spending time with friends and family, practicing yoga, and taking long walks in Central Park or by the Hudson River. She also enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and watching tv-series.

Sandra joined SWEA New York in 2018 and is looking forward to continuing serving on the Board as an alternate during the term January 1 – December 31, 2021. She is currently managing the Event Committee and all of SWEA NY’s events. She is also managing the social media accounts.


Fanny Reuterswärd was born in Stockholm and moved to San Francisco for her Bachelor’s Degree in advertising. After 2,5 years on the West Coast she returned to Stockholm and a job at the PR agency Cohn & Wolfe. However, she had an itch to return to the US and in 2014 she took the leap and moved to New York with her husband. She now lives in Brookly with her husband and two kids. During maternity leave she started working on a podcast about Swedish women in New York. After a few test episodes and alterations Amerikabrevet Podcast launched and became a full time occupation. In each season she interviews Swedish business leaders and entrepreneurs who work out of New York. The podcast was awarded The Mona Johnsson Scholarship in 2018. The same year Fanny started writing for SWEA NY Magazine and eventually took on the role as the magazine’s editor. SWEA NY Magazine has been around for many years, first as a print publication and now digitally. Outside of work Fanny enjoys spending time with her kids in Brooklyn, especially on the waterfront and in Prospect Park. The family often goes on day trips outside of New York, some of their favorite destinations are the small towns in the Hudson Valley and North Fork on Long Island.

Fanny has been a member of SWEA New York since September 2018 and she is looking forward to serve on the Board as a new alternate for the term January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022.

Johanna Arnberg and Jenny Greissle joined the board 2020 as alternates and will continue to serve as alternates for a second year of their 2 years mandat.


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