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Dr. Cory Sparks

Title: Director, LANO Institute for Nonprofit Excellence


Dr. Cory Sparks directs LANO's Institute for Nonprofit Excellence, a statewide resource for improving the practice and sustainability of nonprofit organizations. In the New Orleans area, he is a leader of LANO's efforts to expand and strengthen our service to hundreds of regional nonprofits.

Dr. Sparks has longtime ties to New Orleans, both within the faith-based community and in higher education. He brings years of executive leadership experience to this position, with demonstrated excellence as a public speaker, educator, fund raiser, and a community activist and organizer. Dr. Sparks holds degrees from Columbia University, Southern Methodist University and a Doctorate in American History from Louisiana State University. Dr. Sparks is currently President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), New Orleans Chapter. He is also Pastor of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in the French Quarter and Chair of the Commission on Stewardship of the Environment of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference.
He and his wife, Melissa, have been married for nineteen years. They have two daughters – Beatrix, age 14, and Ella, age 10. Rev. Dr. Sparks holds an A.B. from Columbia University, an M.Div. from Southern Methodist University, and a Doctorate in American History from Louisiana State University.
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