Lauren Garrett

Lauren was born and raised in Michigan where she was a total band nerd. She ran cross country and track and was a member of the marching band. During her senior year of high school she was a drum major and led the Chelsea High School Marching Band. Lauren went to the University of Michigan where she continued her marching band career with the University of Michigan Marching Band.

Growing up, Lauren spent many summers sailing on the Great Lakes. Lauren’s dad is an experienced, sought after sailor which gave her family access to sailboats despite being unable to afford one themselves. Lauren, along with her brothers and father participated in and won many sailboat races, including the popular Port Huron to Mackinac Race. Her love of sailing and being on the water drove her to earn a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Lauren came out to Hamden for a job at Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport. While there, she worked on the New York Water Taxi project. Lauren loved Hamden and decided to stay here and raise a family. She now works in the family real estate business managing the finances, but has been known to jackhammer an old sidewalk or install a new sink. She isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and get to work.

Lauren and her husband are raising 3 children who attend Hamden Public Schools. With one in elementary, middle and high school, Lauren has a direct line into our schools. Lauren has been volunteering in our schools since her first child started preschool at Alice Peck in 2008. Lauren and her family care deeply about the environment and so they have installed solar on their home, changed their heat to electric, and drive electric cars.

Lauren first became interested in helping on political campaigns in the 2006 senate primary. She has been volunteering on national, state, and municipal campaigns every year since. In 2016 Lauren was appointed to the Inland Wetlands Commission and in 2017 won a seat on the Legislative Council serving At-Large.

Lauren knew that Hamden’s financial problems were going to be a challenge, but was surprised to discover the lack of transparency, obfuscation of the problems, and lack of long term planning. Lauren has spent the last few years talking with experts and town officials to develop the skills to take on the problems we face. Knowing that Hamden cannot continue down this path, motivated Lauren to run for Mayor and get to work.