- WHY CARE ABOUT BURMA?
- WHO WE ARE
Community Partners International is a consortium of dedicated health professionals, university faculty, educators and technical specialists from various fields with decades of hands-on experience in public health and clinical care, global development, community organization, program management, communications and finance.
Our U.S. staff, based in Berkeley, California, coordinates closely with field staff in Asia. To better serve Burma's diverse communities, we have two field branches: Friends For Health In Yangon, and the Global Health Access Program on the Thailand-Burma border. Through our field offices, we work with more than 25 local partners in Burma and dozens of volunteers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. We all share a deep commitment to working with and for the people of Burma.
Myint Su, Executive Director, Myanmar
Myint Su is a Health and Development Specialist with 15 + years of experience in building community-based skills and resources to improve health and health access in Myanmar / Burma. She served as the Local Resource Centre Coordinator for the Burnet Institute Burma, where she coordinated activities with more than 250 non-governmental organizations engaged in post-Cyclone Nargis rehabilitation. She has also provided training and consulting to local and international organizations, including the Open Society Foundation, Burma. Myint Su received an M.S. in Zoology from Yangon University and an M.S. in Marine Ecology from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium. She has been the recipient of a Hubert Humphreys Fellowship in the U.S. and a Chevening Fellowship in the U.K.
Erin McDevitt, U.S. Director
Erin oversees Community Partners International's internal operations, managing the U.S. office in Berkeley CA, and providing operational and program support to the field offices in Thailand and Burma. Erin has nineteen years' experience working in the nonprofit sector, including five years with University of California Berkeley's Office of International Relations and ten years with The Asia Foundation. Her experience at The Asia Foundation included two and a half years as Assistant Representative for the office in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ms. McDevitt earned her M.B.A. from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and her B.A. from Smith College.
Susan Comstock, Finance Manager
Susan oversees every facet of our financial operations and ensures that our organization accurately accounts for all funds received and spent. She is responsible for coordinating financial data from our field offices, grantees and funders, and she works with our executive, development, program, budget and audit teams to provide effective financial leadership tools for the organization. Before Community Partners, Susan managed finance and human resources for an international nonprofit for five years, gladly transitioning a decade of finance, human resources and small business management experience into work for social change. She received her Bachelor of Arts from University of California Santa Cruz in liberal arts and pursued creative interests in metalsmithing before starting a small business in San Francisco.
Kyaw Lin Htat, Development Assistant
Kyaw Lin was born and raised in Yangon, Burma and moved to the United States in 2009 to pursue further education. He is currently attending De Anza College in Cupertino, majoring in Computer Science / software engineering. Kyaw Lin joined CPI in 2010, and manages CPI's donor database and donations processing, and provides support in IT, grants and related tasks. Kyaw Lin is active in Burmese community affairs in the Bay Area, and is currently serving as a board member with the Burmese Youth Association (BYA).
Nandi Kyawmin, Finance Coordinator
Nandi is a native Burmese who migrated to the U.S. in 2006 for advanced education. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Yangon University in Economics. She earned her M.B.A., emphasis in Marketing, from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. Nandi supports CPI's Finance Manager in documenting and reconciling financial activities of the organization and in developing, implementing and maintaining accounting systems, policies and procedures. She also communicates regularly with partner organizations for which the organization acts as fiscal sponsor. Nandi is an active member of Burmese community in San Francisco Bay Area.
Deborah Van Dusen, Senior Advisor
Debbie is currently serving as senior advisor, supporting U.S. based operations and development. In addition, Debbie has served on the CPI Board of Directors. Prior positions include working in development for the University of California, Berkeley, and 25 + years in bank management and business development. Her B.A. from California State University is in Art History with a focus on Asian Art. She has volunteered on many non-profit boards, holds a certificate in Non-profit management, and has served as an advisor to a number of Bay area non-profit organizations including the Richmond Art Center and PlanetCare/GHAP.
Janet Wells, Communications Director
Through print and online publications, social media and events, Janet articulates the efforts of our partners and projects in forging evidence-based solutions that address critical health needs in Burma / Myanmar. Prior to joining CPI, Janet worked in development communications for the University of California, Berkeley and the Global Health Access Program (GHAP). She has 20+ years experience as a freelance journalist and staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News. Her stories on health on the Thailand-Burma border have been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine and Nurseweek. Janet has an M.F.A. from San Francisco State University, and received her undergraduate degree from Occidental College.