Dena Potestio, CAP

Vice President for Advancement
Dena Potestio

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With decades of experience in philanthropy, higher education advancement, finance and accounting, investments, and state legislative affairs, Potestio was previously the vice president for university advancement at Emporia State University (ESU) in Kansas, where she also served as the president of ESU’s $100 million-dollar private foundation.

She also served as the executive director of university development at Colorado State University Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo), where she likewise served in a dual role as president of CSU-Pueblo’s $30 million-dollar private foundation. Potestio began her career at Arthur Andersen in Chicago.

Before joining Touro, Potestio founded a boutique adaptive leadership and philanthropic consulting firm named to honor her parents, with Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York as one of her most important professional relations. Union is affiliated with Columbia University and is an academic partner with the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Master of Theology - Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

Master of Arts - Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

Master of Business Administration - Daniels College of Business, University of Denver

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Denver


Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy - CAP

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), multiple awards (Division VI) 2008-2015