Therese is the Southeast Asia Regional Advisor for Partners Asia, which provides small community grants to marginalized communities in Myanmar and neighboring countries. She has worked with refugees, migrants, and displaced persons in Southeast Asia for more than 30 years, bringing together community-based organizations, international bodies, foundations, and academic institutions.
Her approach focuses on enhancing leadership and skills in local communities and is grounded in a human rights based approach to strengthen local knowledge, voice and action and support structural change. Using participatory methods, these programs work with communities to identify, document and advocate in defense and promotion of their human rights. Throughout her career, she has worked with some of the most isolated and marginalized populations in the Mekong Region of Southeast Asia.
Therese has a Master’s degree in Public Health from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and is currently on faculty with University of Washington, Seattle University, and Thammasat University in Thailand. She is also an active board member serving on several non-profits in Seattle and Southeast Asia.