Garen is the co-founder and chairman of One Mind and the co-founder, president and trustee of the One Mind Institute.
During the past 20 years, One Mind and the Staglin’s Music Festival for Brain Health have raised more than $280 million for mental health charities and research. He is also co-founder and Director Emeritus of Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the stigma of mental illness.
Garen has spent more than 35 years building and starting companies in the financial services and payment industries as a private equity investor and philanthropist. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Silicon Valley Bank, ExL Services, NVoice Payments, Profit Velocity Solutions and Specialized Bicycle Corporation. He is also a Senior Advisor to FTV Capital.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from UCLA and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a recipient of the Gold Spike Award, Stanford University’s highest award for volunteer service and the UCLA College of Letters & Science Fellows Award.
Garen, his wife Shari and their children, Brandon and Shannon, are founders of the Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, California. Actively involved for 30 years in the wine industry, the Staglins’ motto is “Great Wine for Great Causes” and through the operation of their winery, business interests and support of various charitable causes, they have indeed lived up to that philosophy.
In the last ten years, causes they have chaired or donations from their wines have generated more than $800 million.