Garrett was born and raised in Dover NH. His parents met in the U.S. Peace Corp in Nairobi Kenya; his mom a nurse and his father an English/Kiswahili translator from Tanzania. Garrett attended Dover High school, and went on to Syracuse University where he received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism at the renowned SI Newhouse School of Public Communications. While at Syracuse, Garrett was active with the student radio station, where he did news updates for two years.
Garrett went on to attend the University of New Hampshire where he graduated magna cum laude with an M.A. in political science. While at UNH Garrett worked at the Carsey Institute doing survey research for public opinion polling.
Garrett worked on President Barack Obama’s primary and general election campaigns. Garrett served as a field organizer the Jan 8th primary in Manchester, NH. He served as a Regional Field Coordinator during the Feb 5th primary in Columbus, Georgia. He went on to serve as a field organizer during the March 4th primary in Waco, Texas, staying in Texas as a delegate tracker through the March 29th County Conventions and the June 6th State convention. The Texas State Convention is the largest in the country, with 15,000 delegates and alternates present in 2008.
During the general election, Garrett served as a Regional Field Director for 20 counties in West Central Georgia, again being based out of Columbus, GA. He finished his tour of duty as the Regional GOTV lead for 12 counties based out of Gainesville Florida.
In March of 2009, Garrett served as a Field organizer for Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls NY) in a hotly contested special election in the NY 20th District. While election night results had Mr. Murphy winning my 65 votes, a recount has delayed the official results.
In April of 2009, Garrett became the State Field Director of Michigan for Organizing for America. Garrett is in charge of running the field operation for OFA, which does messaging and grassroots support for the President and his top national priorities. Garrett also writes the state’s blog.
Garrett has two sisters that live in New York, as well as extended family that have lived in Troy MI for over 20 years. His parents still live in NH.