William Sparks

Vice President, Technical Learning and Standards


Winner of the 2012 Dr. J.P. London Award for Promoting Ethical Behavior, William Sparks brings 20 years of business and development experience to building organizational capacity. He has worked on assignments and technical projects in Africa, South America, Asia and the Middle East, including Feed the Future and economic growth programs that strengthen the competitiveness of farmer associations and cooperatives. Mr. Sparks serves as vice president for ACDI/VOCA’s program services division, which designs and implements capacity building, behavior change and training activities. Innovations include the Sell More For More™ program, which links farmer organizations to markets by improving their ability to meet quality specifications and manage operations effectively. This program was commended by the World Food Program’s Purchase for Progress initiative in Rwanda, and has expanded into Ethiopia and Tanzania. Under the USAID-funded Cooperative Development Program, Mr. Sparks created the M3 farmer organization rapid assessment tool to help organization leaders and members identify priority development needs and to assess ongoing performance. He has authored publications in development and behavioral change, and co-created ACDI/VOCA’s performance management system to help organizations onboard, develop and retain talent. This system has been presented at numerous workshops and conferences, and was selected as a finalist for the HR Leadership Award for innovation in talent management. Mr. Sparks earned an M.S. in organization development from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in business management and psychology from Woodbury University. He also completed the Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership program at the University of Missouri.

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