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., before returning to LCD to join Compliance. She was named Vice President in 2005, Executive Director in 2011, and Managing Director in 2021.
Before joining Morgan Stanley, Alita was a litigation associate in the New York City office of 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 laude 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.
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. In recognition of her past diversity and inclusion efforts, Alita was awarded the 2013 New York City 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 is currently a Corporate Advisory Board Member of the National Association of Black Compliance & Risk Management Professionals and a Trustee at Doane Academy – a pre-K through 12 Episcopal independent school – where two of her four children are students.