I am a writer and editor based in Washington, D.C., where I am currently a senior editor in member communications at the American Bankers Association, a trade association for banks of all sizes and charters in the nation’s $13 trillion banking industry.
Prior to joining ABA, I was managing editor of Philanthropy, the flagship publication of the Philanthropy Roundtable. Since 2013, I continue to serve as a contributing editor of Philanthropy. Before joining the Roundtable, I was an associate editor at the American Enterprise Institute, where I wrote and edited a wide range of publications, updated the think tank’s website, and worked on social media projects. During that time, I created a blog on aviation policy, which is no longer active but whose archives I keep available. In 2009-2010, I was an inaugural Washington Fellow of the National Review Institute.
I have published freelance articles and reviews on aviation policy, philanthropy, and a wide range of other topics in the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, Forbes.com, The Weekly Standard, The American, TCS Daily, and other outlets, and I write for the National Geographic Bee. I received my B.A. in history and political science from Tulane University in New Orleans, where I worked as disaster relief coordinator for a neighborhood church after Hurricane Katrina.
I live with my wife, Erin Lamos Sparks, in Washington’s Petworth neighborhood.
Any opinions reflected in articles on this website are mine alone. I do not speak for any employers past or present.