Board of Directors

sparksRobin Sparks

Executive Director
New Britain Coalition for Youth
2009 WCA Class #18

 

Robin Lamott Sparks currently serves as the executive director for New Britain Coalition for Youth. The Coalition is a citywide collaborative committed to improving the lives of New Britain’s youth, birth through age 24, and working to ensure they have what they need to succeed in all areas of life. Previously she served as senior director of policy and research at the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition.

Previously, she served as the head women’s volleyball coach at Quinnipiac University. During her tenure, she and five of her athletes filed a Title IX lawsuit against Quinnipiac University to improve the treatment of female athletes and save the volleyball program from elimination. The suit has been one of the most important Title IX cases to have been litigated in many years, and a number of important legal precedents were set in the five legal decisions that they won. The case settled in June 2013.

Prior to coaching, Robin worked in community and government relations in Albany and Saratoga Springs, New York, and Washington, DC. She developed a strategy for engaging alumni at the Rockefeller School of Public Policy, wrote speeches for President Shirley Jackson of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, served on strategic committees for local political campaigns, and directed the grant-making process for a family foundation. In Washington, DC, she wrote speeches for former FBI Director Louis Freeh, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.

In addition to writing speeches during her 10 years in Washington, DC, she developed preparatory materials for various Congressional hearings and community events at NASA and the FBI; was responsible for appropriations for the State of California working for Senator Feinstein; worked on agriculture and environmental issues as legislative director for Congresswoman Woolsey; and planned all congressional visits for the Astronaut Corps at NASA. She also developed Congressional Outreach programs for the FBI Laboratory and International Space Station and drafted the FBI’s 90th Anniversary Accomplishment report.

Robin has a bachelor’s degree in history from Ball State University and a master of public administration from the Syracuse University Maxwell School. She also serves on the Ball State University Alumni Association Executive Board and the School Governance Council for Hamden Middle School. She is a graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, where she was awarded the Judy Sweet Award as most inspirational coach. She currently coaches volleyball with the Northwest YMCA Juniors club.