Foundation Team


Tim Hanstad

Chief Executive Officer

Tim Hanstad leads the Chandler Foundation as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining the Chandler Foundation, Tim co-founded Landesa, the world’s leading land rights organization, and led its growth from a two-person team to a Top-10 Global NGO with more than 20 offices around the world. He launched Landesa’s programs in China, the former Soviet Union, and India, where he lived for five years. Tim is a Skoll Social Entrepreneur Awardee and Schwab Foundation Outstanding Social Entrepreneur. He has authored numerous books and articles on economic and social development. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and beyond. He holds two law degrees from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University.


Melanie Hui

Vice President

Melanie Hui is Vice President of the Chandler Foundation. Prior to joining the Chandler Foundation, Melanie managed corporate communications at the Clermont Group, a multibillion-dollar investment firm. Her previous experience also includes leading the CleanWater Foundation, where she launched a safe water micro-franchise serving rural communities in Bangladesh. She started her career in external affairs at the World Bank, and served as the Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of the Asian University for Women. Melanie holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Leslie Lang Tsai

Assistant Vice President

Leslie Lang Tsai is Assistant Vice President and General Counsel of the Chandler Foundation. Prior to joining the Chandler Foundation, Leslie was on the executive team of a global health non-profit that provides innovative solutions to chronic disease prevention and management in under-resourced communities around the world. Leslie started her legal career at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell before moving into the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Prior to law school, Leslie spent a year at the World Bank working on financial sector development in Africa. Leslie received her law degree from Harvard and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.




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