Thirty-two years with Tim Hanstad
As you may have heard, I’m beginning a new chapter in my career as I join the Cassia Foundation as its CEO starting this September. It’s a unique opportunity for me to pursue systems-change and further social impact from a new perspective, and I look forward to the challenging and vital work of creating inclusive prosperity to transform communities and build flourishing societies.

My commitment to the work of delivering impact at scale for millions around the world is as strong as ever, and I look forward to bringing the insights and perspectives I have gained in my 32 years with Landesa to a new platform. While I am stepping away from my daily role at Landesa, I look forward to continuing to participate in its mission and work through board engagement, providing advice and support to CEO Chris Jochnick and the executive team. And I will continue to call Seattle my home.

For more than three decades, it has been my privilege to work with a talented and passionate group of people committed to the work of creating opportunity for the world’s poorest. To the many colleagues, partners, and friends of Landesa, I give you my deepest thanks.

In gratitude,
Tim Hanstad
We asked Landesa Co-Founder & Senior Advisor Tim Hanstad for his thoughts and perspectives on his three decades with Landesa and the future of the land rights movement.
A Q&A with Tim
As Tim Hanstad embarks upon a new chapter, it’s fitting that we take stock of his remarkable contributions to Landesa and the field of land rights. Over the course of three decades, Tim has been a tireless advocate for the idea that rural women and men, endowed with secure rights to their land, can lift themselves out of poverty. With Roy Prosterman, he founded not only the premier land rights organization but a leading global NGO of any stripe. 

However, my debt to Tim is more personal. CEO transitions are always fraught, especially with a founder. Despite that, over the course of three years working with Tim, he has been my indispensable guide, sounding-board and friend. He has eagerly shared his knowledge and contacts and given me all the space I needed to succeed. The smoothness of our transition owes everything to his humility, grace and dedication to Landesa above all else. His example deserves to be studied widely. 

Tim leaves at an auspicious time for the land sector, with governments around the world taking up land reform efforts, and key institutions and funders continuing to embrace the idea that land rights are a critical tool for the social and economic empowerment. Though it pains me to lose a pillar from within Landesa, I know that we are gaining a champion and ally from without. I’m excited to see where this next chapter takes Tim, and look forward to working with him in the years to come.

- Chris Jochnick, Landesa President & CEO
Roy and TimI met Tim in June of '86, as he was finishing his first year at UW Law School, and looking for a summer position, and I was looking for a new research associate. It was immediately clear that he was precisely the right person for the job, and not just for the summer. He had the exact combination of energy, motivation, and intelligence that was needed. I hired him on the spot, and he started that day or the next. The rest is history.  

During Tim’s 32 years at Landesa, he has, in the view of virtually everybody who deals with these matters, become one of the world’s leading authorities on land tenure reform and related issues. He will now be able to take that wealth of experience into an arena where vast sums will pass into private philanthropy over the next generation, and where he will have the potential to greatly contribute to the journey out of poverty of literally hundreds of millions of people.

Tim will be able to provide guidance not only in his new home, but within the broader world of philanthropy, in a way that will help ensure that the land issue gets its due recognition over the coming generation. It’s clear to me that this move will be highly positive for the issues that he and Landesa have been working on these many years.

On a personal level, we will miss his constant presence in the office both here and abroad. But we expect to see him regularly, since he is staying in Seattle, and I look forward myself to continue being an honorary grandfather to Tim and Chitra's four kids, as well as holding on to our seats for the Mariners.

- Roy Prosterman, Landesa Founder & Chairman Emeritus
In celebration of Tim Hanstad’s 32 years at Landesa, we are hosting an event: A Toast to Tim at our Seattle office. Please join Landesa staff, board, donors, friends and family as we commemorate Tim’s legacy at Landesa. We will have light refreshments and a champagne toast. Please RSVP to Eleanor by September 7.

A Toast to Tim
Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 4-6:30pm
Landesa's Seattle Office (map)
RSVP to the Toast to Tim
Upcoming Events in Seattle

Happy Hour + Social Impact at The Collective
6-8pm at The Collective Seattle (map)
Join Landesa for happy hour at The Collective and enjoy good company and live music by Brenda Xu. The event is free, all are welcome, and all beer proceeds benefit Landesa. Please register here if you can join.

Toast to Tim
4-6:30pm at Landesa's Seattle Office (map)
Please join Landesa staff, board, donors, friends and family as we commemorate Tim’s legacy at Landesa. We will have light refreshments and a champagne toast. Please RSVP to Eleanor by Sept. 7.

Climate Change in the Global South Panel
10am-12pm at the 2100 Building, Seattle (map)
Pangea Giving and Landesa are hosting a panel discussion with international development experts exploring the impacts of climate change on social issues in the Global South including land rights, education, and more. Smallholder farmers with secure land rights are more likely to invest in their land and mitigate the effects of climate change through efforts like planting more trees, sustainable building, and taking steps to prevent soil erosion. All are welcome! Registration and details.
Landesa in the News
Farmer in Andhra PradeshHilton Prize Coalition published a blog by Landesa intern and HPC Fellow Izehi Oriaghan about the women's land rights landscape in Nigeria, touching on topics like inheritance, customary practices, and awareness.

Land Portal blog features Landesa's Responsible Investments in Property and Land (RIPL Project) Model Guidebooks for their emphasis on quality processes to achieve greater inclusiveness in land-based agricultural investments.
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