Gary Gaston is a native of rural West Tennessee, making his way to Nashville after receiving a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, and spending time abroad living in London. He recently completed a Masters of Education in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University.
Gary joined NCDC in 2002, and has led numerous planning and design efforts for the organization. He was a contributor to The Plan of Nashville: Avenues to a Great City, published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2005, and co-authored Moving Tennessee Forward: Models for Connecting Communities, published in 2012. Gary served as the project director and executive producer of the National Endowment for the Arts funded documentary film Design Your Neighborhood, and is co-author of Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan, released by Vanderbilt University Press in April 2016.
In 2016, Gary received the prestigious Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society Silver Medal “for extraordinary efforts to advance the field of design in the region.” Next City Magazine named him a “Next American Vanguard” in 2010; he was a member of the 2010-2011 Leadership Nashville class; he currently serves on the board of The District and has served on the Board of Directors of Nashville CARES, Artrageous, LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Historic Nashville Inc., and advisory boards for Transit Now Nashville and Urban Green Lab.