Garrett Ballengee is a native of Parkersburg, WV. In 2009, Garrett graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Finance from West Virginia University, Honors College. Garrett was also a recipient of the WVU Foundation’s prestigious “Outstanding Senior” award, an award given to no more than the top 1% of graduating seniors from West Virginia University. The award is based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, sustained service, and personal narrative. He received his M.A. in Financial Economics from Ohio University in 2011.
Garrett was a senior policy and research analyst in the Washington, DC area for five years before returning to West Virginia to serve as Executive Director of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy.
Apart from his time at the Cardinal Institute, Garrett considers his former job as a forklift operator to be the most enjoyable job he’s ever had.