CEO gets 40 Under 40 Award

The St. Louis Business Journal honored St. Patrick Center CEO Anthony D’Agostino with a 40 Under 40 Award. This annual award highlights 40 rising stars under the age of 40 in the St. Louis business community.

Anthony and Emily D'Agostino
Congratulations Anthony! (pictured here with his wife Emily)

Here is Anthony’s 40 Under 40 interview with the St. Louis Business Journal:

Anthony D’Agostino, 39

CEO, St. Patrick Center

St. Patrick Center provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Individuals and families build permanent, positive change in their lives through safe and affordable housing, sound mental and physical health, and employment and financial stability. As CEO of St. Patrick Center, Anthony D’Agostino provides leadership and vision by implementing the strategic plan; managing effective programs and services; guiding fundraising efforts; forming a strong management team and collaborating with key strategic partners. He also assists the board of directors in assessing community needs, setting the agency’s direction and reporting on performance. D’Agostino is transforming the affordable housing landscape of St. Louis for the most vulnerable, low-income individuals and families in the region. Over the past two years, he has founded and led a nonprofit property management company that owns and operates six properties with 68 rent-controlled, affordable housing units at below-market rates, establishing a sustainable housing model for the community.

What’s the biggest risk you ever took? Professionally, I helped create a nonprofit LLC that bought over $2 million of property for affordable housing in less than two years. This decision was a long-term strategic move to “nonprofitize” housing for those in need while creating some short-term risk in terms of cash flow and debt. Personally, I believe any time you bring a person into this world (a person that is totally dependent on you), that’s the definition of risk. Currently, I have two amazing children with my beautiful wife, Emily.

What do you do to support your community? My family and I give our time, talent and treasure to a variety of worthy charitable organizations and projects in our region. Specifically, we advocate for those who often lack a voice in our community. This includes neighbors who lack adequate housing, education and employment, those who are stigmatized due to their criminal background and immigrants in search of opportunity. I currently serve on the board of directors for the Continuum of Care, an organization focused on coordinating our community resources in order to end homelessness.

What’s one word that would describe you? Curious.

What did you want to be when you were younger? I didn’t plan that far out.

What’s your favorite St. Louis restaurant? The Crossing.

What’s something people would be surprised to know about you? I almost joined the seminary.

Past: Executive director at Criminal Justice Ministry.

Present: Helping individuals and families build permanent, positive change in their lives.

Future: I hope to change how our current system provides services to those in need, creating immediate, efficient access and sustainability.