William Sparks

Vice President, Technical Learning and Standards


Winner of the 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 research and development team, which designs and implements capacity-building, behavior-change, and technical interventions. 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. Sell More For MoreTM was named a Best Practice by IFAD and InterAction. Under the USAID-funded Cooperative Development Program, Mr. Sparks created the M4 farmer organization rapid assessment tool to help organization leaders and members identify priority development needs and assess ongoing performance. He has authored publications on development and behavioral change and co-created ACDI/VOCA’s AchieVe performance management system to help organizations onboard, develop, and retain talent. This system has been presented at numerous workshops and conferences and led to Mr. Sparks earning the Operational Excellence Award issued by InsideNGO. 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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