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Garrett Stern
Senior Program Manager, Noncredit Professional Development
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Garrett Stern is the Senior Program Manager for Noncredit Professional Development at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. He graduated with a B.A in Anthropology from James Madison University. As an undergraduate at James Madison University, Garrett served as the Program Coordinator of the Harrisonburg Farmers Market and co-founded and directed the Valley Crop Mob, a service organization dedicated to helping local and sustainable agricultural enterprises in the Shenandoah Valley.

After graduating from JMU in 2011, Garrett worked as a research specialist at JMU's Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and built university to community partnerships for sustainability initiatives.

He also served as an AmeriCorps NCCC Field Team Leader, managing a team of 10 Corps members on projects related to environmental-sustainability and community-development. Most recently, Garrett completed a one-year teaching contract at the Thai-Chinese International School in Bangkok, Thailand, where he taught biology and music.

Professional Experience
Coordinator, Community Initiatives and Programs

Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, University of Richmond

Community Service
  • Former AmeriCorps NCCC Team Leader
Q&A with Garrett Stern

What is your favorite/most meaningful book or film?

I don't have favorite books so much as favorite authors and my all-time favorite author has to be Terry Pratchett. His books are the only one I've read that have made me whole-heartedly laugh while reading. He blends humor, social critiques, and satire wonderfully well. For every book of his that I read, I gain a small nugget of wisdom.

Where are you originally from?

Roanoke, Va.

What is your favorite restaurant or coffee shop in Richmond?

My favorite restaurant in Richmond has to be Sabai. They are the only Thai restaurant I have been to that makes one of my favorite dishes from Thailand, Khao Soi Gai.

What is your favorite place or thing to do in Richmond?

My favorite place is Richmond is Pony Pasture Rapids. It's so nice to be able to get away from the city and just enjoy the riverside, running water and wild things.

Why do you engage?

Engaging with the community is my way to give back to the people and places that helped shape who I am. I feel that we have an obligation to take all the energy that was invested in us and reflect that back into our own communities.

Education
B.A., James Madison University
Anthropology
Contact Information
233 Special Programs Building
(804) 289-8937