President and CEO
Chris Jochnick is a global land rights expert and social entrepreneur with decades of experience in international development. Chris joined Landesa as CEO in August 2015 after leading Oxfam America’s work on business and development including shareholder engagement, value chain assessments, and collaborative advocacy initiatives, such as the successful “Behind the Brands” campaign.
Jochnick is the co-founder and former director of two pioneering non-profit organizations: Center for Economic and Social Rights and the Ecuador-based Centros De Derechos Economicos y Sociales.
Jochnick spent seven years working in Latin America, devoting much of that time to addressing threats to indigenous peoples’ land rights. Prior to Oxfam, Jochnick worked as a corporate attorney with the Wall Street law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, on corporate governance and social responsibility issues.
Jochnick is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former fellow of the MacArthur Foundation and Echoing Green. He teaches a course on business and human rights at Harvard Law School.
He is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Due Process of Law Foundation, on the Board of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, and on the Steering Committee of both the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings and the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice. He is a member of the advisory council of the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility, and the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern School of Business. He is the US Government’s National Contact Point for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Stakeholder Advisory Board
He has published scholarly articles widely and has edited two books.
Jochnick lives in Washington DC with his wife and four children.
Global Human Resources Director
Barbara Holland provides direction and leadership for organization-wide human resource strategy, programs and policies to help employees develop and successfully deliver Landesa’s mission. Before joining Landesa, Holland directed HR for Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger. She also has extensive HR management experience in the health sector, is a qualified trainer of Myers-Briggs®, and a current member of the board for Reach Global.
Holland holds a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Business Management and Human Resources from California State Polytechnic University.
Senior Director, Program Partnerships
David Bledsoe is engaged in strategic program work for Landesa and leading our efforts to secure mission-compatible fee for service and public grant work. He is a land law and policy specialist with experience in land expropriation; land valuation; and land-related institutional capacity building.
He has performed rural fieldwork, conducted surveys, and developed training programs for government officials and landowners alike. Bledsoe’s international experience includes Albania, Angola, Burundi, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Rwanda, Uganda, and Ukraine. He has extensive expertise in a broad range of issues surrounding the work of Landesa.
Before coming to Landesa, he served as in-house counsel for two large consulting engineering firms and was previously a senior attorney with us for 10 years beginning in 1998. Bledsoe received his LL.M., Law of International Sustainable Development degree with Honors from the University of Washington and his J.D. with honors from University of Puget Sound.
Senior Director of Research, Monitoring, & Evaluation
Diana Fletschner provides direction and leadership for Landesa’s global Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation efforts. Fletschner is a development economist with over 15 years of experience teaching, conducting research, designing programs and tools, and monitoring and evaluating interventions with a special focus on rural women. Fletschner and her team are currently involved in a broad range of projects on women’s access to and rights over land. She has done research and worked with NGOs in fourteen countries and is the author of “Rural Women’s Access to Capital: Intrahousehold Bargaining and Social Effects.”
Sr. Director, Program Partnerships
Erika Croxton provides strategic direction and oversight for Landesa’s fundraising and revenue generation activities as the Senior Director, Program Partnerships. Erika has more than 15 years’ experience as a development professional, having previously lead fundraising efforts at Grist, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, the Ms. Foundation for Women, and the New York Asian Women’s Center. While at the Asian Women’s Center, Erika co-founded a special initiative of the Center to serve victims of human trafficking, known as Project Free.
Erika is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, with a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Political Science.
Sr. Director, Program Management
Lincoln Miller joined Landesa in 2005. He provides strategic leadership and oversight of Landesa’s program work throughout the world. He has held several senior positions at Landesa including as chief operations officer for four years, then as chief program officer for sixteen months, and chief financial officer before returning to lead our program work. Before coming to Landesa, Miller spent twenty-five years working within the business and government sectors, holding a number of positions in the educational travel industry, serving as a founding member of a start-up international tour operator, and is a former CPA. Working in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, he has initiated and executed successful growth strategies that have yielded financial, social, and organizational returns in many different structural and challenging environments. He holds an M.B.A. from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin.Rena Singer
As Communications Director of Landesa, Rena Singer develops and guides Landesa’s efforts to elevate the issue of land rights as an essential tool in global efforts to address poverty and hunger.
Rena is an international communications expert with 20 years of experience at non-profits and global news organizations. Before joining Landesa, Rena spent 10 years working as a foreign correspondent based in Africa, the Middle East, and Japan, for U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, the BBC, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe, and other media outlets. Ms. Singer also worked as an editor for the Japanese National Broadcaster’s 24-hour English language international news channel. She began her career in journalism as a staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Before working as a journalist, Rena worked in both the non-profit sector and in China.
She has a B. A. in Anthropology and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.A. in Journalism with an emphasis in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan.
Senior Attorney & Director of Program Quality and Learning
Robert Mitchell has 22 years legal experience and 16 years of research, consulting, and writing experience with land tenure reform, land market development, rural legal aid and other rural development issues in developing countries and transition economies. His technical assistance experience includes on-site assessment of land policy and legislation in South Asia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South East Asia, as well as drafting and managing implementation of legislation and programs related to land rights legal aid, government allocation of micro-plots, tenancy liberalization, privatization of agricultural and non-agricultural land, subdivision of collectivized agricultural enterprises, land survey and delimitation, land titling and property rights registration, mortgage, sale and lease of land, land consolidation, eminent domain, women’s land rights and strengthening land tenure security.
Mitchell received his LL.M., Law of Sustainable International Development degree and J.D. degree from the University of Washington. He also holds a B.A. with honors in economics from the University of Utah.Sanjoy Patnaik
India Country Director
Sanjoy Patnaik has over two decades of experience in land rights and forestry issues. He has also spent more than a decade working with the State of Odisha as a researcher working with development NGOs and international aid organizations and donors. Prior to joining Landesa India, he worked for the Regional Centre for Development Co-operation (RCDC) in Bhubaneswar in a variety of capacities including Director of Research Advocacy and Campaigns, Director of the Centre for Forestry and Governance, and Secretary (Chief Functionary). The Regional Centre for Development Co-operation promotes community based management of natural resources in Odisha, with a focus on sustainable management of forestry and agricultural resources. In addition to his work with NGOs, Patnaik is actively engaged in civic life in Odisha and has published extensively on current land and forest practices in India.
Patnaik holds a degree in Political Science and Anthropology from Utkal University, Odisha and a Masters in Philosophy from the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Patnaik has been trained on forestry policy and advocacy issues from the National Board of Forestry in Sweden, and on Development Communication from Oslo University.Steve Vitalich
Steve Vitalich brings well over a decade of nonprofit organization financial management experience to Landesa, along with a passion for being a part of organizations that make tangible, positive differences in people’s everyday lives. After spending the first part of his career in IT, he made the shift to the nonprofit sector in 2000. Prior to joining Landesa in 2011, Steve held finance and administrative positions with social justice, arts, and faith-based organizations. Steve is currently charged with leading Landesa’s Finance and IT teams.
Co-Founder & Senior Advisor
Tim Hanstad has led Landesa’s growth for more than a decade. Under his tenure as CEO and President, the organization grew from a two-person operation to the #1-ranked human rights NGO with 110 staff around the world. Hanstad has helped lead high-level conversations about how the global effort to sustainably address extreme poverty can benefit from incorporating a land rights lens. He has worked tirelessly to elevate the issue of secure land tenure for women and men in venues such as the G-8, Davos, and the Clinton Global Initiative.
Hanstad’s international work experience spans 15 countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America, including more than four years living in India, where he helped launch and grow Landesa’s program. He has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit leadership, social entrepreneurship, project management, research, policy advocacy, training and writing on land rights and international development.
Hanstad is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum community, Bretton Woods Committee and Global Washington Policy Panel, and serves on the board of Global Washington and on the WEF Global Agenda Council on Food and Nutrition Security. He received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2011 and has been recognized as a leading social entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. He has authored numerous publications, including his most recent book, published in 2009, One Billion Rising: Land, Law and the Alleviation of Global Poverty (with Roy Prosterman and Robert Mitchell).
Hanstad is affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington School of Law. He lives in Seattle with his wife Chitra and four children.
Director, Landesa Center for Women’s Land Right
Tzili Mor, is an international human rights expert with more than 15 years of experience in advocacy, law reform, and litigation focused on women’s human rights and economic empowerment. She leads Landesa’s work on women’s land rights around the globe and champions the issue in global fora.
Mor previously was a fellow and acting director of the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at Georgetown Law. She served as a Gender Justice Adviser in Afghanistan working with the country’s first Special Prosecution Unit on Violence Against Women. She was a human rights and gender specialist with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, based in the Middle East and Central Asia. She worked with Amnesty International, the International Development Law Organization, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Most recently, Mor was a visiting scholar and faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law and the Center for the Study of Women.
She is on the board of the International Action Network for Gender Equity and Law, which links women’s rights groups and advocates across the world with pro bono legal research and strategy support. She was a founding expert member of Amnesty International – USA’s Women’s Human Rights Coordination Group and the International Women’s Human Rights Coordination Committee and served as co-chair of the Advancing Human Rights Committee of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
China Program Director
Xiaobei Wang is the China Program Director working out of Landesa’s China office in Beijing. She has experience in field research and empirical studies on women’s land rights, legal aid, and the interaction between statutory and customary law in China. Before joining Landesa, she was the secretary general of Women’s Watch China at Peking University Women’s Law Studies & Legal Aid Centre. Wang has extensive experience with fieldwork, project management, and legislative advocacy on gender awareness and women’s issues in China. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Renmin University of China.