Auburn University, B.A. and M.A. in Political Science

Mark S. Sparkman

Chief Intelligence Officer


Mark S. Sparkman is a 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency.  As an operations officer, Mr. Sparkman spent his career developing insights into some of the most politically and culturally complex countries and regions in the world.  He served the Agency in roles throughout the globe, twice as Chief of Station, three times as Deputy Chief of Station and as Chief of Operations for East Asia.  Mr. Sparkman’s experience stretches across numerous tours in Africa, Western Europe, and Australia, in addition to shorter stints in the Arabian Gulf. Mr. Sparkman was a member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service, and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal and Intelligence Medal of Merit.  He is also the survivor of an al-Qaeda-led bomb attack.

Following retirement from the Agency, Mr. Sparkman was a Senior International Affairs Analyst with the RAND Corporation.  He later managed strategic intelligence matters for a London-based firm.  Immediately prior to joining Sparacino PLLC, he spearheaded a joint venture between a British strategic communications firm and a U.S. company representing the defense industry.

Mr. Sparkman is not a lawyer, does not provide legal advice, and works under the supervision of partners of the Firm who are licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C.