Shannon L. Lawder
Based in the London office, Shannon Lawder provides overall guidance for Mott’s Civil Society grantmaking, managing staff in London, Johannesburg and Flint. She joined Mott in 1995 as an associate program officer and was promoted to program officer two years later, focusing on the Foundation’s grantmaking in Ukraine and Russia. In 2001, Lawder was named the regional director for the Central and Eastern Europe portfolio. She also managed a grant portfolio aimed at improving the effectiveness of global philanthropy and nonprofit support organizations. Lawder was promoted to her current position as program director in 2008.
Prior to joining Mott, Lawder was international program director at the Olga Havel Foundation in Prague, Czech Republic. She is currently a board member of the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS), the Alliance Publishing Trust, and the Global Greengrants Fund. Lawder was born in Canada, educated in the United States, and has lived and worked in Europe for 25 years. She is a citizen of Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom and speaks Russian, Czech and German, in addition to her native English. She received her bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies from the University of California in Santa Cruz.