Yolanda Potasinski joined CBST as its Executive Director in January of 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 son and daughter.