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Gina Schmeling, Director of Development

Please welcome Gina Schmeling (pronounced schMAIL-ing) to our staff, and to CBST.  Gina began on Monday, October 19th, as our new full-time Director of Development, and some of you have already met her.

Gina comes to us with over two decades of fundraising experience having worked in Jewish, advocacy, and social justice non-profit organizations, including:  WNYC, ACLU, and UJA-Federation of New York, which has already familiarized her with the fast-paced religious, community, social and cultural environment that is CBST.

Prior to joining us, Gina has worked in tandem with other Boards of Directors, thus gaining a visceral understanding of the complexities and diligence required in balancing the minds and ideas of highly-driven individuals with the more vital priorities of an organization.  Additionally, she has served on the Boards of: Hannah Senesh Community Day School, The New Shul, and Eden Village Camp - which has provided her with the first-hand experience of participating in the essential conversations that arise in the lifetime of an organization, as well as providing the added benefit of identifying and shaping exactly those priorities from both an internal perspective, and an externally supportive one.

In addition, Gina was a co-organizer of New York’s Nonprofit Tech community for four years and also regularly served as a speaker on the protean subject of technology and fundraising www.nonprofittech.com

A native of "the windy city” Chicago, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids.  She graduated with a degree in Drama from Stanford University and performed in the university’s first production of “The Normal Heart,” by Larry Kramer.  The experience increased her awareness and understanding of the AIDS crisis in its peak years, and harnessed her thoughts and feelings about the obstacles that continue to be faced by the LGBTQ community - igniting them into both support and action.  Gina also has a Master of Arts in Humanities from New York University and was a critical studies fellow at The Whitney Museum.  Her passion is distance running, and she is a fan of walking meetings, and making time for wellness. 

She is thrilled to join CBST’s LGBTQ /Jewish communities, committed to joyful Judaism, and in making the world what it was intended to be - a place fair and just!  CBST is the axis at which Gina’s professional career intersects with her essential self - attuning her with many of our current staff, as well as to many in our community at large.  Gina looks forward to working with you and is interested to hear your CBST story, or your dreams for the future; but mostly, she would love to speak with you about supporting the critical work of CBST.

Over the next few weeks, to ensure a most constructive transition, Gina will have the benefit of collaboration with Ann Targownik, who has served with deep dedication and accomplishment as CBST’s Director of Development since 2013.