Stephen Sparks is the Director of Fund Development and Strategic Investments at First Things First. Prior to joining the team at FTF, Stephen worked for nearly two decades in the nonprofit sector focusing on anti-poverty, housing, and homelessness services. A year of volunteer service through AmeriCorps brought Stephen to Phoenix where he started his nonprofit career at Save the Family. He served in nonprofit leadership and fund development positions for ten years at Labor’s Community Service Agency and Tempe Community Action Agency.
Stephen also serves on the City of Mesa Housing and Community Development Advisory Board.
Stephen grew up in Memphis, TN and earned a double major in English and Psychology from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. Stephen received his Masters in Public Administration from ASU.