Our Mission

Partners Asia supports community initiatives to improve the lives of Myanmar’s most vulnerable. Many of these people live in unstable areas within Myanmar and along its borders, where they risk displacement and exploitation. Partners Asia builds relationships with innovative organizers in these communities and with international donors to help bridge the gap between local leaders and global resources.

Our Approach

Partners Asia believes that sustainable change happens when efforts are led by communities themselves, as local people know best what’s needed on the ground. Our role is to build on our partners’ initiatives, strengthening them with resources, such as funding and technical support, and introducing them to regional and international networks so they can share their knowledge and learn from others.

Another way we support our partners is through Participatory Action Research (PAR), which trains them to document, analyze, and articulate the realities of their lives to a wide audience. Our partners have identified and documented areas which are invisible or misunderstood, such as “Children Not in School” and “Citizenship Documentation and Statelessness”.

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Our Board

Hal Nathan
Hal NathanChairman
Jane Dudley
Jane Dudley
Joe Hogan
Joe Hogan
Tabitha Jordan
Tabitha Jordan
Jack Kornfield
Jack Kornfield
Cynthie Tin-Oo
Cynthie Tin-Oo
Visra Vichit-Vadakan
Visra Vichit-Vadakan

Our Team

Patty Curran
Patty CurranExecutive Director
Pawsansoe Bree
Pawsansoe BreeGrants Manager, Thailand
Somphavanh (Linda) Cajski
Somphavanh (Linda) CajskiDirector of Operations
Therese Caouette
Therese CaouetteSoutheast Asia Regional Advisor
Pornpimol Chaiboon
Pornpimol ChaiboonGrants Administrator
C. Lisa Mitchell-Reed
C. Lisa Mitchell-ReedCFO
Amanda Mowry
Amanda MowrySoutheast Asia Program Manager
BD Sang
BD SangGrants Manager, Myanmar
Leslie Schneider
Leslie SchneiderBookkeeper


See our audits for 2016, 2017, and 2018

Site Photos: Annie Barnett, Paula Bock, Jimmy Rezar Boi, Jane Dudley, Vassi Koutsaftis, John Lyons, Eileen Moncoeur, Amanda Mowry, Amanda Mustard, Robert Paetz, Stephen Wallace, Kyaw Zin, Win, and courtesy of our partners