Garoutte, Travis

Research Assistant II


Justin Garoutte is from Antonito, a small town in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley. At an early age, he was fascinated with traveling and took the first opportunity he got to explore the world. In 2005, he was 1 of 16 Americans chosen to be a citizen ambassador for the U.S. Department of State LINC Program in Tunisia. His experience in northern Africa inspired him to study abroad again, and he received a scholarship for a full-year of study in Germany on the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program in 2006. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in German from Colorado College in 2012, after which he moved to Germany to teach English and German. Upon returning from Europe in 2015, Justin founded Valleybound, the Antonito School and Community Garden, which serves as an empowering educational and food justice space for youth and adults in the Conejos Land Grant Region. Shortly thereafter, Justin joined Conejos Clean Water and served as both executive director and co-director until 2017. Justin currently works as a research assistant for the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), focusing on reducing LGBTQ adolescent suicide in New Mexico. He currently resides in Albuquerque with his partner and is pursuing his Master’s in Public Health at the University of New Mexico.