Patrick Gaston is President and CEO of PG Consulting, a management consulting company that assists corporations and non-profits in building ESG and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), diversity and inclusion strategic planning, private/public partnerships, and philanthropic strategies.
Mr. Gaston was formerly the Chairman of the board of directors of Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc., a publicly-traded company with annual revenue of approximately $12 billion and more than 1,500 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. He has overseen a significant transformation of the company’s Board governance structure and the appointment of the CEO, executive leadership, and 10 new independent directors, including seven female directors, with a rich diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, ages, gender, race, and ethnicity. He had previously served as co-chair of the company’s Compensation Committee and is formerly a member of the company’s Audit Committee.
Prior to this Mr. Gaston was President of the Western Union Foundation; served as the Senior Advisor to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund; and was President of the Verizon Foundation.
Patrick serves on a number of national non-profit boards including the NAACP Foundation, America's Charities, KidSpirit, Eden Reforestation Projects and is an emeritus member of the advisory board the US Chamber of Commerce Center for Corporate Citizenship.
Patrick was raised in Haiti, Montreal, Canada, and Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. in management from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University. Additionally, he earned an International Certificate in Business from Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Reims, France. He is fluent in French, Spanish, and English.
Patrick is married with two children and lives in the Washington, DC area.
Cristin Tarr, Strategic Advisor is a social entrepreneur in mission-driven brand management. She is a founder of multiple startups, organizations, and programs designed to act as a catalyst for true social change.
Cristin has led significant and diverse community events and projects across the globe including CSR training and workshops, multi-stakeholder sponsored events, indigenous integration projects, installation of learning gardens at local schools, a youth program in Brazil, and a feasibility study of a marketing and livelihood project in Mozambique, Africa.
Founding leadership roles include CISV Denver, a global youth education organization to foster peace around the world, and BSC Group, a mission-driven marketing consulting company. Cristin has established local nonprofit business partnerships with the local chamber of commerce.
Cristin is a speaker, adjunct professor at the University of Denver, thought leader and previously a radio co-host on Community Matters, promoting great stories about social good.