About Wes Sparkman
Wesley (Wes) Norwood Sparkman was born in Chicago, later attended Proviso West High School, and moved to Wisconsin in 1991 to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Wes Sparkman has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Contract Compliance, and Public Administration for Dane County Wisconsin.
Wes is a past President of the City of Madison Police and Fire Commission, a past member of the Board of Directors for the Madison Children's Museum, African American Ethnic Academy, and YMCA of Dane County. He has been recognized by the Department of Work Force Development and the Dane County Private Industry Council. Wes is a volunteer for the School Makes A Difference Program, Read Your Heart Out Day, and a former youth sports coach for baseball and football. Wesley is a member of Fountain of Life Church in Madison Wisconsin where he served as bible study teacher for 4th and 5th graders for over 10 years and his hobbies include music and sports.
Wes is a current member of the Board of Directors for SSM Health WI. He is a Past President of both the Madison Rotary Foundation and Rotary Club of Madison. Wes serves as Vice Chair of the School of Sociology Board of Visitors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Wes is an active member of the Madison Network of Black Professionals and past Chairperson of the Dane County Business Opportunity Forum. In 2016 Wes was named as one of the 44 most influential African Americans in Wisconsin by Madison365.
Wes received his B.A. degree in sociology from the UW-Madison and a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. He is married to author and playwright Catrina Sparkman and has four children.