Who We AreGlobal Leadership

Joelle Pfeiffer Chief Human Resources Officer


Landesa brings practical systemic solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems through our work on global land rights.  When rural persons experiencing poverty have access to secure land rights, they have the means to lift themselves out of poverty and secure a better future for their families and the next generations.   Land rights are foundational to address issues of human dignity, safety, food insecurity, income generation, access to education, peace, and even solutions to climate change.


Joelle Pfeiffer has over 25 years as an HR leader in non-profits and cross sector consulting in HR, organization development and organization effectiveness.  Her passion for teaching and coaching with a vertical leadership development lens helps leaders and teams develop skills to better navigate complexity and challenges in today’s global environment.  Joelle looks forward to helping Landesa build its brand as an employer of choice so it can continue to attract and retain top talent across the world.

Joelle holds a Master’s in Org Development & Leadership from Seattle University, post graduate work in Organization and Systems Development from the Gestalt OSD Center of Cleveland and further intercultural work through the International Gestalt Organization Leadership Development Program in South Africa.  Joelle hold both SPHR and SHRM-SCP professional HR certifications.  She holds membership in the esteemed National Training Laboratories, and holds certifications as an Action Learning Coach, Leadership Agility 360 Coach, and in the Intercultural Development Inventory.

International Experience:

  • Canada
  • China
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Myanmar
  • Netherlands
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania


  • B.A., Wittenberg University
  • M.A., Seattle University, Organization Development and Leadership
  • Gestalt OSD Center, Advanced Applied Behavioral Sciences
  • International Gestalt Org Leadership Development, Org Development in Intercultural context


  • English
  • ASL

Areas of Expertise:

  • Organization Development
  • Organization Effectiveness
  • Org Design
  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Adult Learning
  • Cultural transformation
  • Recruiting and Onboarding
  • Total Rewards
  • Performance Management
  • Conflict resolution
  • HRIS systems