Lorenzo M. Wakefield

Program Officer

Civil Society

Joined Mott in 2018

Lorenzo M. Wakefield


Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
EISA Building, Ground Floor
14 Park Rd., Richmond
Johannesburg, 2092 South Africa


Lorenzo Wakefield is a program officer responsible for grantmaking in the Access to Justice program area. Based in the Johannesburg office, he serves as the board chair of the Social Change Assistance Trust, an intermediary grantmaker for community organizations in rural South Africa.

Before joining Mott in 2018, Wakefield worked at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and the South African Parliament. He has a master’s degree in international criminal and human rights law from the University of the Western Cape. In 2012, he was chosen by the Mail & Guardian newspaper as one of the top 200 Young South Africans in the category for civil society.