Partner Q & A: Brad Sparks

August 29, 2012

Brad SparksLASVP Partner Brad Sparks is the Director of KPMG International’s Global Green Initiative, the firm’s global climate change strategy. Brad has been part of the LASVP Partnership since 2008.

Q: What is your role with LASVP? Why did you get involved in this area?

Brad: I currently serve as Treasurer. As a CPA, it is a bit of a natural fit. And with my current role at KPMG being focused entirely on sustainability, it’s an opportunity to continue to think about the accounting and finance issues I dealt with previously.

Q: What is your favorite LASVP Investee/Fast Pitch Alum organization?

Brad: My favorite Fast Pitch organization is Food Forward – it is such an obvious opportunity, but was completely overlooked until someone took the time to try to do something that makes perfect sense.

Q: What do you listen to when you’re stuck in traffic?

Brad: I don’t get stuck…believe it or not, LA does have some public transportation exceptions that work and I take a 20-minute commuter express bus from El Segundo to downtown each day. It is half the time and saves me from paying $10 a day parking. So instead of listening to the radio, I spend my commute reading the Economist.

Q: What is your favorite place in LA?

Brad: It’s my town – El Segundo. Basically, the town is Mayberry in a big city, with parades, a Main Street, and now both a fantastic brewery and beer garden. My wife, Maureen, and I basically don’t drive on the weekends – spending our time enjoying the Gundo.

Q: Which nonprofit organization do you wish everyone knew about?

Brad: GRID Alternatives – it was a Fast Pitch program in 2011 and I love what the group does – putting solar panels on low-incoming housing. Basically, it is a renewable energy twist on Habitat for Humanity and the additional bonus is that it uses the process to train people to become contractors for solar panel installations.

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