Leadership & Staff

Nicholas Sparks

Chairman and Founder

Emily Sweet

Board Member & Treasurer

Tia Scott

Assistant to Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks

Chairman and Founder

With over 120 million copies of his books sold in more than fifty languages, Nicholas is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All his novels, including Three Weeks With My Brother—the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah—have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and twelve of his novels have been adapted into major motion pictures.

In addition to his work in fiction and film, Nicholas is a committed philanthropist, both nationally and in his home community. Between the Foundation and personal gifts, the Sparks family has given more than $15 million dollars to charities, scholarship programs, and projects.

The author lives and writes in North Carolina. His latest novel, The Return, published in September 2020.

Emily Sweet

Board Member & Treasurer

Emily is a member of the Nicholas Sparks Foundation's Board of Trustees, and she also serves as the Foundation's treasurer.

After five and a half years practicing law at King & Spalding in Washington, DC, Emily joined the Park Literary Group in early 2009. In addition to providing legal and business oversight to the agency, she also serves as a liaison to the film and media industries. She assists the agency's clients--including Nicholas Sparks--on key marketing initiatives, brand development, and philanthropic endeavors. Emily holds a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Tia Scott

Assistant to Nicholas Sparks

Tia is currently the Assistant to Nicholas Sparks. She resided in San Diego, California, for 10 years, where she managed a prominent real estate office, before she moved to New Bern, North Carolina, in June 2013. A certified nurse, Tia has always aspired to help others in any way she could. Her passion for children, education, and family brought her to New Bern and to the Nicholas Sparks Foundation. She has known the Sparks family for many years.

“If you give a child a fish, you feed them for a day; if you teach a child to fish, you feed them for a lifetime.” -- Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie.