Cotton Foundation Director
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Larissa Potiomkin has called Houston home for the past 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College in Ohio and her Master of Music degree from Rice University. Trained as a classical musician, Potiomkin played Second Bassoon in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
For the past 12 years, she has worked in the non-profit sector as both a front-line fundraiser and operational services leader. She began her fundraising career as a Prospect Researcher, eventually taking over the Prospect Management system for one of the nation’s largest opera companies during a five-year comprehensive campaign. Next, she managed a team of seven researchers and managers at a large public university, providing leads that eventually led to the successful completion of a billion-dollar campaign. From research, she transitioned to Director of Development at a social-service agency, where she was responsible for raising $2.5 million annually.
Potiomkin comes to the Cotton Foundation from the Houston Ballet, where she was recruited to solve data consistency issues and develop short- and long-term solutions to maintain data integrity. Under her leadership, the ballet greatly improved data hygiene, resulting in an overall improved holistic use of the database, which helped to raise an additional $1 million each year.
From research to relationship building, she enjoys engaging donors to help people make a lasting impact on the lives of others.