Law School Professor Prosterman Receives $250,000 Leadership Prize

Roy ProstermanClaremont McKenna College and the Kravis Leadership Institute announced March 14, 2006 the selection of UW School of Law Professor Roy Prosterman, founder and chairman emeritus of the Rural Development Institute, as recipient of the inaugural Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership for his pioneering work in fighting for the rights of the rural poor to own land, one of the underlying causes of global poverty. The Kravis Prize, which carries a $250,000 award, honors extraordinary leadership in the non-profit sector. Prosterman has designated RDI to receive the award money. The Kravis Prize will be presented May 6 at ceremonies in Los Angeles.

Prosterman founded RDI 25 years ago to institutionalize the work he began in the mid-1960s, fighting one of the chief structural causes of global poverty—rural landlessness. With passion and professionalism, the young attorney attracted a small team who shared his vision and his commitment. As a result of Prosterman's leadership, RDI has become an extraordinarily effective advocate for international land law and policy reform. Based in Seattle, with field offices in China, India, and Indonesia, RDI attorneys and staff have worked with the governments of 40 developing nations, foreign aid agencies, and other partners to design and implement fundamental legal, policy and programmatic reforms to help the world's rural poor.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review board of editors, and the University of Chicago, Prosterman joined the law school in 1965 and was named the first John and Marguerite Walker Corbally Professor in Public Service in 1991. He has been director of the law school's post-doctoral program in Law of Sustainable International Development.