Foundation Team

The Chandler Foundation team is comprised of leaders who have spent their careers working on social and economic change.  Their journeys have taught them that good governance, sound policies, vibrant marketplaces and fair play are key to build opportunity for all.  

Advisory Council

Richard F. Chandler
Founder and Chairman

Richard F. Chandler is the Founder and Chairman of the Clermont Group, an international business group with its headquarters in Singapore. Clermont builds industry-leading businesses in healthcare, financial services and aerospace. These businesses employ over 6,000 people around the world.

Building Strong Businesses, Communities, and Nations

Richard is passionate about the role that great companies play in advancing the broader prosperity of humankind by creating products and services that serve customers, creating quality jobs, and providing governments with tax revenue. The Clermont Group believes in principles before profits and places a special emphasis on good corporate governance as a crucial element of business sustainability and national prosperity.

A World Flourishing with Everyone’s Creativity

Richard established the Chandler Foundation in 2013 (formerly the Cassia Foundation). Following its heritage in business and investing, the Chandler Foundation is an investor in the philanthropic marketplace. The foundation makes social investments in those who are helping to build the enabling conditions for a shared prosperity and by participating in a movement to make global development philanthropy and program partners more effective. The vision of the Chandler Foundation is to create a world flourishing with everyone’s creativity. He pioneered performance philanthropy in 1997 with his brother Christopher, when they founded Geneva Global, the world’s first “philanthropic investment bank.” From 2007 to 2013, they invested in and built healthcare and education social enterprises that served the urban poor across eight developing countries.

Russell Low

Russell serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Clermont Group and Director of the Chandler Foundation. Russell started his career as a judicial officer in the Supreme Court of Singapore. He held a dual portfolio of Assistant Registrar and Justices’ Law Clerk. Russell presided over numerous interlocutory court applications and worked closely with the Judges of the Court of Appeal and the High Court in the analysis, research and publication of judgments.

He then joined the Attorney General’s Chambers where he advised and represented government ministries and agencies on a wide range of constitutional and civil law matters. Russell graduated from the Singapore Management University as the University Valedictorian. He obtained top honors for two bachelor’s degrees, a Bachelor of Business Management and a Bachelor of Laws. Russell is the recipient of numerous academic awards, including the Lee Hsien Loong All Round Achievement Award sponsored by the Singapore Ministry of Education, the Singapore Press Holdings Valedictorian Award, and the Rajah & Tann Prize for the Top Graduating Law Student.

He graduated from a Dual Masters’ Program in 2019 with a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a Master in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Foundation Team

Tim Hanstad
Chief Executive Officer

Tim Hanstad leads the Chandler Foundation as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining the foundation, Tim co-founded and was the long-time CEO of Landesa, the world’s leading land-rights organization. Tim led its growth from a two-person team to a leading 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 has been recognized with a Skoll Social Entrepreneur Award and a World Economic Forum Outstanding Social Entrepreneur. He has authored numerous books and articles on economic and social development, appearing in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. He holds two law degrees from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Seattle Pacific University where he was honored as the 2017 Alumni of the Year, and has completed certificate programs at Harvard Business School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Leslie Tsai
Director of Social Investment

Leslie Tsai is Director of Social Investment and General Counsel of the Chandler Foundation. Prior to joining the Chandler Foundation, Leslie was on the executive team of Microclinic International, a global health nonprofit working on chronic disease prevention in the U.S. and abroad.

Leslie started her legal career at the law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell before moving into the non-profit and philanthropic sector. Prior to law school, Leslie spent a year at the World Bank working on financial sector development in Africa. She has been honored as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a John Gardner Public Service Fellow, a Shafik Gabr U.S.-Egypt Exchange Fellow, and a TEDx speaker. Leslie received her law degree from Harvard and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jen Ankcorn
Operations Associate

Jen Ankcorn is Operations Associate for the Chandler Foundation.

Jen brings more than 25 years of experience in administration and a track record of high-performance serving non-profits focused on improving health and educational outcomes for families. She ensures smooth operation of the Chandler Foundation with her robust knowledge of the sector, client relationship management, budgets, software, and support systems.

Jen was previously Executive Assistant at World Relief Seattle, a non-profit dedicated to providing support for refugees and immigrants in our community. Prior to this she served as Office Manager for Children’s Therapy Center, Washington state’s largest, most comprehensive independent pediatric therapy program. Jen received her bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University.

Andy Stainton
Senior Designer

Andy Stainton serves as Senior Designer for the Chandler Foundation. Andy is known for his strategic aesthetic, attention to detail, and client-centricity.  He brings more than 20 years of experience working on a variety of design projects for the Clermont Group and other international clients including eBay, Enterprise IG, Hasbro, Jack Morton, and many more.  Andy received his bachelor’s degree from Loughborough University, where he graduated with honors.

Clara Yardley
Communications Assistant

Clara Yardley is a Communications Assistant at the Chandler Foundation, where she supports the implementation of internal and external communications and advocacy projects and strategies. Clara also helps curate content for and edit Chandler Foundation’s signature publication, Social Investor. Prior to working for Chandler Foundation, Clara developed and led a design thinking and social entrepreneurship program for high schoolers across the U.S. and Latin America. She also has research and advocacy experience working for social progress organizations in the global health and renewable energy sectors. Clara graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington in 2020 with a bachelor of arts in International Studies and Spanish.

Annalee Erickson
Social Investment Assistant

Annalee Erickson is the Social Investment Assistant at the Chandler Foundation. She specializes in data analytics and research, supporting projects across the Chandler Foundation’s portfolio. Prior to holding this role, Annalee spent a year as the Foundation’s first intern. Annalee graduated magna cum laude from Seattle Pacific University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in economics and minors in mathematics and data analytics. Her academic focus was development economics, including research on the intersections of financial development policy and immigration trends. As a student, Annalee was the chairperson of Seattle Pacific University’s network of student clubs and organizations.