Contact information

José Valanta

José Valanta

Director of Customer Relations
Customer Relationships, Networks and International Affairs Unit
+358 9 771 2008, +358 50 523 1116
Responsibilities
  • overall responsibility for the preparation of the Association's lobbying work
  • managing the Association’s international work
  • preparing urban policy
  • communication
Juha-Matti Kiviluoto

Juha-Matti Kiviluoto

Legal Counsel
Legal Affairs Unit, Administrative Law
+358 9 771 2254, +358 50 441 0554
Responsibilities
  • support for decision-making by the Delegation and the Board of the Association
  • general administrative law and municipal law
  • decision-making, appeals and judicial proceedings
  • electoral and political party legislation
  • legal aspects of land use, building, housing and transport
Kai Ketelimäki

Kai Ketelimäki

Legal Counsel
Legal Affairs Unit, Administrative Law
+358 9 771 2088, +358 40 865 6498
Responsibilities
  • Finnish Local Government Act
  • decision-making and appeal
  • openness
  • land use and building
Kaisa Mäntynen

Kaisa Mäntynen

Senior Adviser, Environmental Health Care
Urban Development and Environment Unit, Maankäyttö- ja ympäristötiimi
+358 9 771 2139, +358 40 703 6475
Responsibilities
  • Advances the interests and development of municipalities and offers them expert services in the area of environmental health care.
  • Maintains and coordinates an interactive email list for environmental health managers in municipalities.
  • Participates in national projects that support local authorities’ work on indoor air quality.
Katariina Huikko

Katariina Huikko

Senior Legal Counsel
Legal Affairs Unit, Public Procurement Advisory Unit
+358 9 771 2135, +358 50 566 4327
Responsibilities
  • public procurement
  • local authorities and the market
  • EU regulation on state aid and SGEI
  • action plan for effective public procurement (Hankinta-Suomi)
Katriina Martikainen

Katriina Martikainen

Legal Counsel

Työvapaalla 9.1-30.6.2023

Legal Affairs Unit, Administrative Law
+358 9 771 2178, +358 46 922 0216
Responsibilities
  • Finnish Local Government Act and general municipal law
  • decision-making and appeal
  • openness
  • municipal elections
Kirsi Lamberg

Kirsi Lamberg

Legal Counsel
Legal Affairs Unit, Administrative Law
+358 9 771 2250, +358 50 420 5679
Responsibilities
  • Finnish Local Government Act and general municipal law
  • decision-making and appeal
  • Act on the Openness of Government Activities
  • legal matters related to education services
Laura Hassi

Laura Hassi

Adviser, Housing
Urban Development and Environment Unit, Maankäyttö- ja ympäristötiimi
+358 9 771 2264, +358 50 562 7665
Responsibilities
  • housing in municipalities
  • local services in housing issues
  • influence on national housing policy and legislation
Laura Lyly

Laura Lyly

Senior Adviser
Customer Relationships, Networks and International Affairs Unit, Customer Relationships Team
+358 9 771 2221, +358 50 439 5068
Responsibilities
  • coordination and development of lobbying work
  • Klash municipal innovation competition
  • preparation of digitalisation projects
Laura Parsama

Laura Parsama

International Affairs Manager
Customer Relationships, Networks and International Affairs Unit, International Affairs Team
+358 9 771 2046, +358 50 478 2170
Responsibilities
  • leadership of the International Affairs Team and goal setting
  • international networks (UCLG, CEMR and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe)
  • EU and international affairs network of municipalities and regions
Liisa Jurmu

Liisa Jurmu

Project Manager
Well-being and Education Unit
+358 9 771 2297, +358 50 479 6835
Responsibilities
  • Intersection of functions between local authorities and wellbeing services counties
Mari Kuparinen

Mari Kuparinen

Development Manager
Customer Relationships, Networks and International Affairs Unit, Customer Relationships Team
Responsibilities
  • management of regional cooperation and networks
  • project to support skills development of regional council personnel
  • customer relationships
Mari Sjöholm

Mari Sjöholm

Strategy Unit, Strategiatiimi: strategia, kehitys ja TKI
+358 9 771 2614, +358 50 338 2502
Responsibilities
  • healthcare and social welfare statistics
  • interim and annual reviews of hospital districts and the largest municipalities

Maria Puotiniemi

Project Manager
Customer Relationships, Networks and International Affairs Unit, Customer Relationships Team
+358 9 771 2274, +358 50 405 9363
Responsibilities
  • project to support skills development of regional council personnel
Maria Salenius

Maria Salenius

Senior Adviser
Well-being and Education Unit
Responsibilities
  • social sustainability
  • promotion of well-being
  • equality and non-discrimination
  • electronic wellbeing account
Marianne Pekola-Sjöblom

Marianne Pekola-Sjöblom

Head of Research
Strategy Unit, Kuntapolitiikka ja -johtaminen
+358 9 771 2504, +358 50 337 5634
Responsibilities
  • the Association's research activity and programmes
  • research on local democracy and management
  • municipal elections
  • the network of municipal leaders, the network of local council and local executive chairpersons
Marko Nurmikolu

Marko Nurmikolu

Senior Legal Counsel
Legal Affairs Unit, Myytti-tiimi
+358 9 771 2597, +358 50 406 9494
Responsibilities
  • environmental protection legislation
  • waste legislation
  • Land Extraction Act
  • environmental health legislation
Markus Pauni

Markus Pauni

Director of Strategy and Development
Strategy Unit
+358 9 771 2049, +358 50 439 5612
Responsibilities
  • director of the Strategy Unit
  • the Association's strategy and foresight and development activities
  • municipal policy and management
  • digitalisation and information society
Miira Riipinen

Miira Riipinen

Director
Urban Development and Environment Unit
+358 9 771 2106, +358 40 824 4401
Responsibilities
  • land use, housing, transport
  • municipal engineering and security
  • climate and the environment