Founder and Board Chair
Tarren Bragdon is the board chair of FlourishNow, which he founded in 2015 after seeing the need for a more focused and scalable effort to leverage the power of volunteers and the local Christian church in order to help neighbors and families in crisis as well as those trapped in poverty. He has been active in social services and various ministries for more than 20 years.
Tarren is the CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability, which works with policymakers at the state and federal level to move people out of poverty and into full-time work. Tarren founded FGA in 2011.
Tarren is a nationally recognized expert on such issues. He has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and House; state legislative committees in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Ohio, and New York; numerous national conferences; and the American Swiss Foundation in Switzerland. His work has been featured on Fox News’ Sean Hannity show, National Public Television’s NOW, in Wall Street Journal editorials and op-eds, and in the New York Post, Boston Globe, New York Times and on National Public Radio. His research has been published by The Heritage Foundation and The Manhattan Institute.
In September 2010, he received the Thomas Roe Award, given annually by the State Policy Network to the individual with the greatest impact on the nation’s free-market movement.
From 1996 through 2000, Tarren served in the Maine House of Representatives. Elected at the age of 21, Tarren remains the youngest person ever elected to the Maine Legislature.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maine and his Masters of Science of Business degree from Husson University in Bangor, Maine.
Tarren and his wife Anna have four children; Wyatt, Waverly and the twins, Jude and Asher. As proud adoptive parents, Tarren and Anna support of a variety of Christian ministries in the United States and abroad that assist orphans and those in poverty. They are active members of First Baptist Church of Naples, Florida, and volunteer in the children’s ministry.