PRESS RELEASE: Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship Leads to Business Development Role with Landesa

ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 23, 2017 — Recent William & Mary grad Danielle Harris, of Arlington, Virginia, completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship with Landesa and has now accepted a contract position as their Business Development Assistant. Harris was among 25 emerging leaders across the globe selected this year by the Hilton Prize Coalition to complete this prestigious fellowship, which offers the opportunity for promising professionals to gain valuable humanitarian experience with an INGO.

Harris’s degree in Africana Studies and passion for international development made her an ideal match for Landesa, an organization that protects and strengthens land rights for rural women and men around the world, including Sub-Saharan Africa. Landesa was recently ranked one of the top 10 NGOs in the world by NGO Advisor and is the recipient of the 2015 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

During her three-month fellowship, Harris created new tracking tools for donor relations and helped with important research projects. In her new role, Harris will continue to work on fundraising programs to build relationships with donors and partners. Harris will also communicate with Landesa colleagues globally to share the organization’s best practices and expertise.

“Danielle excelled in her fellowship role by demonstrating valuable skill sets,” said Erika Croxton, Landesa’s Senior Director of Program Partnerships. “The Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship Program is a win-win, giving rising development professionals key on-the-job experience and equipping Landesa with a valuable resource to advance our core mission of creating opportunity for rural women and men through the power of land rights.”

The Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program is an initiative of the Hilton Prize Coalition, an independent alliance of 21 organizations that have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to humanitarian work. The Coalition seeks to develop a robust pipeline of humanitarian leaders who value collaboration and understand the importance of increasing effectiveness throughout the sector.

“The Coalition itself brings together some of the world’s most effective humanitarian leaders, and the successes of our Fellows show that there is no better way to imprint their expertise and collaborative mindset into the DNA of the next generation,” said Ann Canela, Vice President of Global Impact, the Secretariat for the Hilton Prize Coalition and its Fellows Program.

Learn more: Danielle’s blog post about her fellowship.

About The Hilton Prize Coalition
The Hilton Prize Coalition is an independent alliance of the 21 winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to advance their unique missions and achieve collective impact globally in humanitarian assistance, human rights, development, education and health.

Each Coalition member is a nonprofit organization judged to have made exemplary and extraordinary contributions in alleviating human suffering. With a collective presence in more than 170 countries, the Coalition seeks to leverage the combined resources and expertise of its members to explore innovation and establish best practices and standards that can be shared with the global NGO and donor communities. The Coalition operates three Signature Programs — the Fellows Program, the Collaborative Models Program and the Storytelling Program. The Coalition is governed by a board comprised of the leaders of the Prize-winning organizations and led by an Executive Committee and Global Impact as its Secretariat.

To learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition, visit, or contact Follow the Hilton Prize Coalition on Twitter, or “Like” us on Facebook.

About Landesa
Founded as the Rural Development Institute, Landesa has partnered with governments on reforms that have provided secure land rights to more than 120 million families. When women and men have secure rights to land, they can invest in their land to sustainably increase their harvests and reap the benefits – improved nutrition, health, and education– for generations. For more information, please visit:

Press Contacts:
Hilton Prize Coalition
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Tyler Roush

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