President and CEO, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
George Sparks has been the president and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science since November 2004. Prior to that, he was a management consultant with NorthStone Group in Louisville, Colorado. He spent 24 years in the electronics measurement business at Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Agilent Technologies, a 1999 spin-off from HP. He was general manager for several HP divisions from 1987 to 1999, eventually leading a division of 1,800 people worldwide. His responsibilities included marketing, sales and general management of global businesses in software, systems and services.
In his early career, Mr. Sparks spent nine years in the United States Air Force as a pilot and an assistant professor of aeronautics at the United States Air Force Academy. He is a distinguished graduate of the Academy with a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering. He also holds a master of science in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Sparks’ passion is educational public policy, particularly regarding STEAM (adding arts to traditional STEM of science, technology, engineering and math). He is currently working with the Smithsonian Science Education Center to bring their science curriculum to underserved schools in the Denver Metro area. He is a member of Colorado Concern and the Colorado Forum, and is on the boards of Colorado Bright Beginnings (emeritus), Colorado Legacy Foundation, The Denver Foundation, Metro Chamber of Commerce, Mountain States Employers Council, the Public Education and Business Coalition (emeritus) and Visit Denver. He is a member of Rose Community Foundation’s Education Committee.
Mr. Sparks is the Chair on the Advisory Board of Denver School of Science and Technology. He also serves on the U.S. Committee of the International Council of Museums and is a member of National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program. He was recently selected as one of five members of the National Arts Strategies Willard L. Boyd Fellowship as an extraordinary contributor in his field.