Garin began her political career in Washington D.C. working for Senator Wayne Allard and ran the government affairs department at Colorado Farm Bureau before joining Colorado Legislative Services in 2007. She became partner at CLS in 2012 and effective January 1, 2023, she will become co-owner of CLS alongside Melanie Layton. Garin has dedicated the past 15 years of her career advising CLS’ clients and has achieved many successes at the Capitol. Steadfastly through her career, Garin has honed her policy knowledge on issues related to agriculture, including water and property rights. She also is highly skilled as a strategist for higher education, business, liquor, and state licensure issues.
Growing up on a ranch in southwest Colorado gave Garin a strong work ethic and her dedication to understanding an issue completely shows up when representing CLS clients. Her adeptness in many policy areas and her direct manner of speaking mean that she is a trusted resource for legislators on both sides of the aisle. She is regarded as a top water policy expert in Colorado and has been recognized for her work bolstering the Colorado business climate by working to align agriculture and energy– two of the top five drivers of the Colorado economy–on a variety of issues. Garin was recognized as one of Colorado’s “Top Women in Energy” and “Who’s Who in Agriculture” by the Denver Business Journal in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
She is a proud graduate of Colorado State University where she earned an Agricultural Business degree. Garin has completed Colorado Farm Bureau’s Elite Leaders Academy, is a member of the Women’s Energy Network of Colorado, and has served on the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program board and Butterfly Pavilion’s Fund Development Committee.
In her free time, Garin cherishes time with her husband and two daughters, especially during trips to the mountains. She is an avid reader, sous-chef for her husband, and wine connoisseur who frequents Napa Valley.