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Garrett Ballengee

Garrett Ballengee is the founding executive director of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, a nonprofit research organization located in Charleston, W.Va. Prior to joining the Cardinal Institute, Garrett worked in Arlington, VA as a senior policy and research analyst for five years.

A winner of the Atlas Network’s inaugural “Smart Bets” competition and member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network, Garrett believes that the foundational ideas of freedom will lead West Virginia to achieving a “West Virginia Miracle.”

A native of Parkersburg, W.Va., Garrett graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Finance from West Virginia University, Honors College, in 2009. 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. He received his M.A. in Financial Economics from Ohio University in 2011.