President, Western Union Foundation
Patrick Gaston is the President of Western Union Foundation. Gaston most recently served as president and CEO of Gastal Networks LLC, a management consulting firm assisting organizations in building results driven Corporate Social Responsibility and philanthropic strategies. Prior to this, he served as a senior advisor to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Gaston previously served as president of the Verizon Foundation, one of the 15 largest corporate foundations in America.
Gaston also serves on a number of national non-profit boards including the NAACP Board of Trustees. He is a member of the board of directors of Bed Bath and Beyond, Inc.
Gaston is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and was Vice Chair of the Business Committee for The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In 2009, Gaston was named one of the top 100 most influential African-Americans in corporate America by Savoy Professional magazine. He was also named Corporate Responsibility Magazine Foundation CEO of the year in 2010.
Gaston was raised in Haiti, Canada, and the United States. He holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.