Patrick Gaston earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Massachusetts Boston College of Management in 1983. He also holds an MB from Northeastern University.
Highly experienced in philanthropic leadership, Mr. Gaston has been the president of the Western Union Foundation since January 2013, appointed to the position by the Western Union Company. He reports directly to the chair of the foundation’s Board of Directors and leads Western Union’s global philanthropic strategy, including employee engagement, grant making, and strategic initiatives that support education as a pathway to economic opportunity.
Most recently, in September 2015, under Mr. Gaston’s leadership, the Western Union Foundation, along with the Western Union Company, pledged a minimum of $1 million in support for families and communities most affected by the refugee crisis in Europe, mobilizing a multifaceted response among its employees, business contacts, customers, and vendors. Mr. Gaston noted that “it is heartening to see international and national humanity collaborate in support of this crisis.”
Mr. Gaston previously served as president and CEO of Gastal Networks LLC, a management consulting firm; as a senior advisor to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund; and as president of the Verizon Foundation, one of the 15 largest corporate foundations in America.
He currently sits on a number of national nonprofit boards, including the NAACP Board of Trustees, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of Bed Bath and Beyond, Inc., and a member of the Executive Leadership Council. Previously he served as vice chair of the Business Committee for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Mr. Gaston was named one of the top 1000 most influential African Americans in corporate America by Savoy Professional magazine in 2009, and he was named Corporate Responsibility Magazine Foundation CEO of the Year in 2010.
Mr. Gaston was raised in Haiti, Canada, and the United States. He currently resides in Colorado.