Tim Hanstad


Tim Hanstad leads the Chandler Foundation, a global philanthropic organization with over 20 years experience in granting, social entrepreneurship, and program management in diverse countries around the world, as CEO. He is an award-winning social entrepreneur and nonprofit executive who co-founded Landesa, the world’s leading land rights organization. He served as Landesa’s Executive Director and then CEO for more than two decades. Hanstad’s leadership was instrumental in growing Landesa from a two-person operation run out of the University of Washington School of Law to the world’s #1-rated human rights NGO with more than 150 staff around the world. In his previous role, Hanstad served as a global ambassador for the organization and helped guide conversations about how global efforts on extreme poverty, gender equality, food security, and environmental stewardship can benefit from incorporating a land rights lens.

Hanstad is a Skoll Social Entrepreneur Awardee, a World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Food Security, Global Washington board of directors, and an affiliate law faculty member at the University of Washington. He has authored numerous books and publications and his work has appeared widely in the media, including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and on CNN and Fox News. He earned a BA at Seattle Pacific University and an LLM and JD at the University of Washington. Tim is the proud spouse of Chitra and a father to four wonderful and inspiring children.