Keith Sparkjoy

Associate Trustee
Keith Sparkjoy

Keith Sparkjoy is Vice President of The Sparkjoy Foundation. A lifelong learner, Keith holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of California, Irvine, which he never actually used: he discovered a love of computer programming in his first job. He eventually moved into a life of research and teaching, where his focus was on security in distributed systems.

In 2004, Keith co-founded a technology learning company called Pluralsight, where he helped build an online learning system whose aim was to democratize technology learning. As Pluralsight grew, Keith advocated for improving organizational health guided by Dr. Deming’s philosophy. At the Deming Fall Conference in 2014, Keith was invited to give a talk about the transformation that Pluralsight was undertaking. In 2010, Keith married his sweetheart Mari (who also serves on the Deming Advisory Council), and they chose the name Sparkjoy to constantly remind them of the aim of their lives – to spark joy in the world. You can read Keith’s blog at

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