Thea Garon
Senior Policy Program Manager
Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population

Thea Garon is a senior policy program manager in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population focusing on financial well-being and economic security. She serves as project director for the Data for Financial Well-Being project, a new initiative designed to bring together public and proprietary datasets to inform business and policy decisions to improve financial well-being.

Garon has more than a decade of experience conducting research on financial health and well-being. Before joining the Urban Institute, she founded and led the Financial Health Network’s Financial Health Pulse, a national research initiative that provides ongoing insights about financial health in the United States. She also led the development of the FinHealth Score, a measurement framework that has become recognized as an industry standard to measure and improve financial health. Her research has been featured in top-tier media outlets, including the New York Times, Forbes, the Associated Press, The Hill, and Vox.

Garon graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a bachelor’s degree in history and holds a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Research Areas
Wealth and financial well-being
Financial products and services
Asset and debts
Economic well-being
Family credit and debt
Financial stability