Alita T. Wingfield, 2023 Zero Tolerance Honoree

Every year, at our Zero Tolerance Benefit, Sanctuary for Families honors those who have significantly contributed to the movement to end gender-based violence. This year, we are thrilled to present the 2023 Zero Tolerance Award to Alita T. Wingfield, Managing Director & Head of Compliance Training at Morgan Stanley.


Alita T. Wingfield is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and the Head of Compliance Training. Alita joined the firm in 2004 as a Director in the Legal and Compliance Division (LCD) and later served as the Head of Non-Market Risk at Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A. She was named Vice President in 2005, Executive Director in 2011, and Managing Director in 2021.

In 2022, Alita was appointed Co-Chair of the Firm’s Black Employee Network. She is also a member of the Legal and Compliance Division Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee and the past Co-Chair of the Division’s Diversity and Inclusion Network. Alita was awarded the 2013 NYC Bar Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award and the 2013 Corporate Counsel Women of Color Individual Star Diversity Award of Excellence. In 2021, she was also awarded the Council of Urban Professionals Law Catalyst Award.

Alita has been involved with Sanctuary for over 10 years and served on Sanctuary’s Board from 2014-2018. She has inspired many from the Morgan Stanley community to engage in Sanctuary’s work, ranging from pro bono projects to financial support.

Before joining Morgan Stanley, Alita was a litigation associate at Paul Weiss. Alita graduated from Spelman College, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Political Science in 1994. She also holds a J. D. from Howard University School of Law, cum /aude, and an LL. M. in Trial Advocacy, cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law. She resides in Burlington, NJ, with her husband, Eddie, and their four children.