- Loves: Spotting patterns
- Hates: Criminalizing poverty
- Super Power: Slide-Making Champ
Garen works as an Improvement Advisor on Community Solutions' Built for Zero team, where he assists US communities along with both national and global consulting clients. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Garen worked at the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) Institute, where he provided strategic support to the New York City Coalition on the Continuum of Care, and coordinated data management and quality improvement activities for a pilot rapid rehousing partnership in New York City. He holds a BA in Comparative Literature and French from Tufts University, and an MS in Social Enterprise Administration from the Columbia University School of Social Work. He is an Americorps Alum, and a Licensed Master Social Worker.