The One Mind Initiative is led by some of the leading voices in mental health, committed to broad change on a global scale.
Garen and his wife, Shari, are Co-Founders and Board members of the One Mind Institute (“OMI”) (formerly the International Mental Health Research Organization), a 501c(3) non-profit organization. During the last twenty years, OMI/ IMHRO and the Staglin’s Music Festival for Mental Health event have raised more than $230 million for mental health charities and research. Garen is also a Founder and Co-Chairman of One Mind for Research, launched in 2011 with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and now led by CEO Pete Chiarelli, U.S. Army General (retired); as well as a Co-Founder and former President of Bring Change 2 Mind, a 501 c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the stigma of mental illness.
Garen is a private equity investor and philanthropist with more than 40 years of experience in building and starting companies in the financial services and payment industries. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Silicon Valley Bank, ExL Services, NVoice Payments, and Profit Velocity Solutions. He is also a Senior Advisor to FTV Capital. Garen is a graduate of UCLA, B.S.-Engineering (1966), and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, MBA (1968). 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. He is Co-Chairman of the UCLA Centennial Capital Campaign.
He and Shari, and their children, Brandon and Shannon, are founders of the STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD, a 64 acre estate in Rutherford, California.
The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the founder of The Kennedy Forum, an Advisor to the One Mind Initiative and the nation’s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. During his 16-year career representing Rhode Island in Congress, he fought a national battle to end medical and societal discrimination against these illnesses, highlighted by his lead sponsorship of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008–and his brave openness about his own health challenges.
The son of Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, he decided to leave Congress not long after his father’s death to devote his career to advocacy for brain diseases and to create a new, healthier life and start a family. He has since founded the Kennedy Forum, which unites the community of mental health, and co-founded One Mind for Research, a global leader in open science collaboration in brain research. Kennedy is also the co-author of “A Common Struggle,” which outlines a bold plan for the future of mental health and addiction in America.
Patrick lives in New Jersey with his wife, Amy, and their four children.
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