Benita Sparks-Gardner was raised in Northern California where she went to school from K-12th grade. After graduating from high school, she attended Stanford University.  Later she worked as a teller at a bank and worked her way up to become a branch manager. Benita worked in banking for 10 years before settling down and starting a family.

She became an entrepreneur and started her own daycare center so she could raise her twin girls at home and work at the same time.

Benita then completed her education at the University of Phoenix where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She worked various temporary assignments as a Senior Accountant in the D.C. area. In April 2010, Benita began a temporary assignment at American Federation for Children that turned into a full-time job and her current role with the organization.

During her free time, Benita loves to cook, dance, ride bikes, go to concerts and spend quality time with friends & family.