About Ken

Music is not Ken’s only passion. Public service is another of his callings.

He served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council in Washington, D.C. from 1972 until his retirement in 2004.

During his tenure, the Council played an important role in such diverse efforts as the development of the 110-mile Metro Rapid Rail system, the Union Station redevelopment, the Verizon Center, the Washington Convention Center, low and moderate income housing, breakthrough drug treatment programs, the Economic Club of Washington, the establishment of a Police Foundation, and educational reform.

Ken was named Washingtonian of the Year in 1987 and has received many other honors, including The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s Globe and Anchor Award and the President’s Medals from both Syracuse and George Washington University.

In November 2006, Mr. Sparks was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame. He is an avid golfer, devoted husband, father and grandfather, and is excited about sharing his music with a broader audience.

"Ken Sparks is Washington's own Bobby Short!"

Austin Kiplinger
Editor of the Kiplinger Newsletter