Shannon Lawder

Program Director

Civil Society

Joined Mott in 1995

Shannon Lawder


Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Gable House
18-24 Turnham Green Terrace
London W4 1QP
United Kingdom


Shannon Lawder directs the Mott Foundation’s Civil Society program. Based in our London office, she provides overall guidance for Civil Society grantmaking and supervises staff in London, Johannesburg and Flint.

Lawder joined the Foundation in 1995 as a program officer whose work focused on grantmaking in Russia and Ukraine. She subsequently served as regional director for Central and Eastern Europe until she was promoted to program director in 2008. She also managed a grant portfolio focusing on improving the effectiveness of global philanthropy and nonprofit support organizations. She currently is a board member of the Global Greengrants Fund.

Prior to joining Mott, Lawder was international program director at the Olga Havel Foundation in Prague. Born in Canada and educated in the United States, she has lived and worked in Europe since 1991. She is a citizen of Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In addition to her native English, she speaks Russian, Czech and German. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Russian studies from the University of California in Santa Cruz.

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