Board of Directors & Committee Members

Building an Organization for the Long Term

Board of Directors

  • Aung M. Naing, PE – President & co-founder
    President and Co-founder of the Network of Myanmar American Association (NetMAA) founded in 2006 with a new vision for the Myanmar Americans community to promote education, social issues, and arts and culture in the United States. Under Aung’s strategic thinking and visionary approach focusing on enhancing leadership and skills in the community, NetMAA has been able to provide 5 to 7 community outreach programs annually, including several Myanmar arts and cultural events, Myanmar film festival, cultural dance academy, benefit music concerts, U.S. Immigration service assistance, and community advocacy and rights. Aung Naing was awarded a “2009 Annual Southeast Asia Heritage” by the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California. In October 2012, he published the “2011 Statistical Report for Burmese Americans in the United States”. He was a recipient of the outstanding community leader for the 2014 Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Recognition Awards by the California Assemblymember Ed Chau.  Aung Naing is an engineer by profession. Aung graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Civil Engineering, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. He is currently working as a Transportation Engineer for the California Department of Transportation. He brings over 19 years of state and local governmental experience in engineering, transportation planning, operations, and administrative management.


  • Thakhin Bwor – Vice President & co-founder
  • He is Co-founder and vice president of the Network of Myanmar American Association. Thakhin Bwor handles NetMAA’s news and media, and offers valuable website assistance. Bwor holds a bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering and works as a webmaster and network administrator for the Canoga Park Company, Access Computer Parts, Inc. With almost 20 years experience as a graphic designer, including magazine cover design and layout, calendar design, event posters, and websites, Bwor offers support and expertise to several Burmese community websites, and is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Myanmar Gazette, a monthly Los Angeles-based Burmese community newspaper.


  • Mimi Liang – Secretary 
  • Ms. Liang holds a BA degree in Accounting from Cal State University, Los Angeles. She has been board member since 2007.


  • (Vacant) – Treasure


  • Ni Ni Win Shwe – Board Member
  • Award winning Burmese singer. Modern Burmese music history cannot be written without mentioning Burma’s rare vocal gem — the multitalented Ni Ni Win Shwe (aka Ni Ni). She can sing different   genres of Burmese music: western style songs (a.k.a.stereo songs or copy/pop songs), modern Burmese songs, pre and post-war songs, semi-classical songs and classical songs. After her marriage in 2000, Ni Ni called Los Angeles home. Although life priorities shifted after the birth of her daughter, she made time to sing at functions that promote Burmese music and culture in the United States.


  • Dr. Khine Khine Win, MDDirector for Community Membership & Outreach
    Born in Myanmar and raised until 17 years of age, Dr. Win learned the importance of maintaining the culture and tradition while assimilating and learning to be a physician through undergraduate studies at UCLA and Medicine at UCSD School of Medicine. After becoming a physician, while working full time as a primary care physician at Kaiser Permanente, she continues her volunteering work in NetMAA-Myanmar Cultural Dance Academy to help Myanmar Americans in Southern California appreciate and learn traditional dances.


  • Jenny Chan – Board Member


Country of Myanmar

  • U Sun Nyunt – Country Director/Representative


Myanmar Cultural Dance Academy (MCDA) – Committee Members

  • Khin Thandar – Traditional Dance Instructor/coordinator

    In 1982, at the age of 16, she was introduced the Burmese (Myanmar) Traditional dance by the well-known traditional dancer, Daw College Myaing, at the famous Pantra Dance Class where she studied for 4 years.

    During 1984 to 1987, she has performed in Myanmar Traditional water festival dance with the group and their group was presented in Myanmar National TV. Moreover, she participated in the Annual Water Festival also known as Myanmar New Year dancing held by the culture association of Yangon University Hlaing Thayar campus every year. In 1992, she went to Japan for further study. She presented Myanmar dancing at the International Students Cultural Festival and School Graduation Ceremony held by Shinjuku Tokyo Scmmon College. She also performed the Myanmar Traditional dance in the cultural shows held by Imaivumi Memorial Burmese Scholarship foundation, Japan during 1992, 1993 and 1994.

    Her family migrated to Los Angeles in 2007 and since then she has been teaching the Myanmar children the Myanmar traditional dance for water festivals and other fundraising cultural shows. In 2009, she was appointed as a dance coordinator/instructor of Myanmar Traditional dance in Network of Myanmar American Association in which she is now training Myanmar-American children the Traditional dance.

  • Daw Nu Nu Sein – Visiting Dance Instructor, Professor (R) from the National University of Arts & Culture, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Daw Nu Nu Khin – Visiting Dance Instructor, Professor (R) from the National University of Arts & Culture, Mandalay, Myanmar


Myanmar Film Festival of Los Angeles (MFFLA) – Committee Members & Jury

  • May Wynn Maung – Actress/Director

    May Wynn-Maung begun her film career when she was merely a teenager getting ready to start her freshman year at the Rangoon Arts and Science University (RASU) which is now known simply as University of Yangon. She went on to star in over 60 films- most of them as a leading actress. She won her Myanmar Film Academy Award for Best Leading Actress of the year in 1981 for her role in the film Kyi-byar. She visited the United States and Australia in 1989. Upon returning to Burma, she worked on various film, video, and TV commercial projects until moving to the United States in 1992. In the U.S. she continued her studies at the University of California at Los Angeles film school. She received her Certificate in Film, Television, and New Media from UCLA in 1995. May currently lives in Los Angels with her husband and two children.


  • Yasmin C. Rams – Producer/Filmmaker

    Yasmin C. Rams is a film producer and director based in Germany and Los Angeles, California. She produced her first documentary in 2007. In the following year, she worked as Assistant to the Director at Yangon Film School in Myanmar, assisting in the production of films such as the award-winning feature-length documentary Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing.

    Yasmin proceeded to make short films with different filmmakers and founded her first production company in Germany. She embarked on producing the feature-length documentary In Exile directed by one of Myanmar’s most promising talents, Tin Win Naing. In Exile was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Busan Film Festival as well as others. The film won the award for Best Human Rights Documentary. 2012 Yasmin stepped into narrative feature filmmaking as Associate Producer on Rodney Charles’ short African Cowboy, a Namibian co-production with Joe Vision Production. Following this collaboration, Yasmin and Rodney founded the production company Perennial Lens with offices in Los Angeles and Germany.

  • Thakhin Bwor – Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of the Myanmar Gazette newspaper


  • Gavin Wynn – Camera Assistant in Hollywood

    Gavin Wynn is a union camera assistant for commercials, features, and TV shows. Some of his credits include, music videos for Pussycat Dolls and Chris Cornell, commercials for Sprint, Dodge, Toyota, Disney kids, and TV shows like “Modern Family”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, and “Californiacation”. When he’s not working as a camera assistant, Gavin has served as a cinematographer for two Sundance documentaries and directed his own personal projects. His first directorial feature will be completed early 2018.