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Carson Sprott

Principal Investigator


Carson Sprott is the Principal Investigator in the Office of the President, University of California.  He supports a university system of 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. The UC system has more than 285,000 students, 227,000 faculty and staff, an operating budget of $39.8 billion, and two million living alumni.  Sprott also serves on the UC Non-Discrimination Committee. 

Sprott has been on the proverbial “front lines” of workplace investigation over two decades.  Since 1998, Sprott has worked in the private sector as well as the state and federal government, serving as both an internal and external investigator.  Sprott is the author of “Competitive and Fair: The Case for Exporting Stronger Extraterritorial Labor and Employment Protection,” published in 2010.  Sprott has been with AWI since 2020 and has been an AWI-CH since 2022.   

As an active-duty Air Force JAG officer, in addition to investigations, Sprott took over 70 courts-martial to verdict, both as a federal prosecutor and public defender.  For his efforts, Sprott was awarded an Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and an Air Force Achievement Medal. 

From 2016 to 2017, Sprott deployed to just outside Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.  There, in addition to supporting 2300 missions and six combat units, Sprott rapidly identified, investigated, and coordinated the legal response to potential Geneva Convention violations.  For this, he received the personal gratitude of the United States Ambassador to Iraq and Acting Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.  In addition, he received an Air Force Commendation Medal for humanitarian support and expediting the liberation of 1.2M citizens of Iraq.  In 2017, he was selected both as the Expeditionary Center’s and the Air Mobility Command’s Kuhfeld Award winner as the Outstanding Judge Advocate.  In the reserves since 2020, Sprott was recalled to active duty in the summer of 2022 to support the uptick in operations related to the conflict in Europe. 

In his spare time, Sprott currently serves in the Air National Guard where he manages all public defender offices in the Ninth Circuit and is also a member of the congressionally mandated Defense Counsel Assistance Program.  Sprott also coaches youth rugby and flag football in the small east Bay Area town in which he resides.  Sprott is the vice chair of his city’s Diversity Commission and serves as the Diversity Liaison to the Education Commission.