Htoot May is a political activist and youth leader in the Arakan National Party (ANP).
In 2006, she become a member and then executive committee member of the Scholar Institute, where she organized the Capacity Upgrading Program (CUP) in coordination with the British Council. Htoot May is also an active member of the Arakan League for Democracy Party (ALD).
In 2008, when Cyclone Nargis devastated the Ayyarwaddy Delta, Htoot May spent three months helping coordinate volunteers among NGOs and local authorities. When Cyclone Giri swept Rakhine State in 2010, she served as a project manager on an emergency relief project. These and other efforts contributed to her selection as a youth leader to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012.
Htoot May was born in 1979 in the village of Kyauk Twea on Ramree Island, Arakan State. She moved to Rangoon in 1996 for better education opportunities and graduated in 2002 from Dagon University with a specialization in philosophy.