Susan Soaper Gaston '88

Susan Gaston, Founder and President of The Gaston Group, is a government relations and public affairs consultant. She has over twenty years of lobbying experience in the United States Congress, the General Assembly of Virginia, federal and state regulatory agencies, and local government bodies. Her firm represents a diverse client base spanning housing and real estate, renewable energy, casino gaming, commercial fishing and other business interests. Recently, she was appointed to the Board of Advisors for the Sorensen Institute for Public Policy at the University of Virginia. An active member of her community, Susan is on the Regional Board of Directors for Village Bank, serves as a Class Ambassador for the William & Mary Alumnae Association, is a Charter Member of the College’s Society of 1918, is a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (Virginia Chapter) and the Williamsburg Garden Club, is a devoted congregant of Bruton Parish Church, and is on the Board of Directors for Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom. Susan is an honors graduate of William & Mary with a degree in American Government and English and holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Development from The George Washington University. She is married to Dr. David W. Gaston, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools for Charles City County and a tenured adjunct professor in the Darden School of Education at Old Dominion University. Susan and Dave met at university during their sophomore year, in the kitchen of the Kappa Alpha Theta house, recognizing that they were in a Government class together taught by Professor John McGlennon! They have two sons, John, a 2nd Lt. in the United States Marine Corps, and Henry, a Fourth Year at The University of Virginia.