Joe Garrett grew up just a few blocks from the Berkeley campus, and Strawberry Creek was his and his friends’ playground in the 1950’s. He graduated from Cal in 1970, got a Masters in Political Science from the University of Washington, and returned to Cal for his MBA in 1976. His career was buying failed or failing banks, recapitalizing them, returning them to health, and selling them. He was President of American Liberty Bank in Oakland and Sequoia National Bank in San Francisco. Today, he heads up Garrett, McAuley & Co. which advises commercial banks, both healthy and troubled. He lives in Berkeley and has served as Chairman of the Berkeley Housing Authority, commissioner of the Berkeley Redevelopment Agency, and a member of the Berkeley Planning Commission.