Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
Appointed in March 2018, Garrett Sheehan currently serves as President of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Regional Leadership Council, the region’s advocate for economic growth. Garrett also serves as President of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Greater New Haven Chamber.
Prior to making the transition to a career in economic development, Garrett’s interests in public policy and current events took him to Syracuse University where he studied broadcast journalism. He began as a news anchor and reporter for a television station in Meridien, Mississippi. Garrett’s next stop was Huntsville, Alabama where he covered politics and business stories for the local NBC station.
Led by a passion for improving the economic well-being and quality of life for communities, Garrett traded his journalism career for economic development. He held positions as a researcher for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce in Huntsville, AL and as a project manager for the North Alabama Industrial Development Association. In this position, Garrett was responsible for marketing and recruiting efforts aimed at companies that were considering locating in Alabama.
When an economic development position opened at United Illumination (UI) in New Haven, Garrett jumped at the opportunity to return to Connecticut. While working at UI, Garrett focused his activities on business retention and expansion as well as regional economic development marketing.
After graduating from the UConn School of Law in 2014, Garrett served as a law clerk at the Connecticut Appellate Court for the Honorable Bethany J. Alvord. Garrett went on to work for Eversource as a liaison between the company and chief elected officials in 23 towns in Connecticut.
Garrett is actively involved in numerous organizations that focus on the economic vitality of Connecticut, including serving on the board of directors of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC), Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS), Southern Connecticut State University Business Advisory Council, and Workforce Alliance.
Garrett is a licensed attorney in Connecticut and Texas. He is a native of Middlefield, Connecticut. In addition to his law degree from the UConn School of Law, and bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University, Garrett holds a master’s degree in business administration from Auburn University and is a Certified Economic Developer. He served as an infantry officer in the Connecticut Army National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Garrett and his wife met in New Haven and have two children.