Yolanda Potasinski became Director of Development in February 2023, after joining the staff at CBST as its Executive Director in January 2013. Previously, she served as President of CBST for five years during a critical period, while CBST substantially increased its staff and budget, and began to professionalize its board. From 2003 to 2012, Yolanda served as the Executive Director of Habonim — a Conservative synagogue on the Upper West Side.
Yolanda is a native of Caracas, Venezuela, where her family found refuge after World War II. Bilingual and fluent in both Spanish and English, Yolanda has a passion for building community between people of all walks of life.
During her 17-year career in banking administration, Yolanda was an active member and volunteer at CBST. She obtained a certificate at the NYU George Heyman, Jr. Center of Philanthropy and Fundraising. Her background includes both extensive training and hands-on experience in organizational development, fundraising and programming. Yolanda also served as President and VP of Metro-Ase, the NY professional organization for synagogue directors. She resides in New York City with her two sons.