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John D. Sparks, Director of Advocacy and Communications

John D. Sparks joined MWA in 2010 as the organization’s first Director of Advocacy and Communications. Mr. Sparks has more than 25 years of experience in Washington and New York in lobbying, coalition building, policy development, media relations, and nonprofit executive leadership. Prior to MWA, he was Director of Campaign Finance Reform at the public interest group Common Cause, 2008-2009, and previously was Vice President for Government and Public Affairs at the American Symphony Orchestra League for nine years.  Previous assignments include two for-profit public affairs firms in Washington DC,  two national advocacy coalitions in the nonprofit sector, press secretary for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and professional positions in several Congressional campaigns and Presidential campaigns. Some of them were even successful.