Born in Belarus, Larisa Svechin immigrated with her parents and sisters to Miami Beach from the Soviet Union in 1979. In 1987, she moved to Sunny Isles Beach, where her mother still lives. She attended Highland Oaks Junior High School, where she first began to volunteer in the community as part of a beach cleanup organization. After graduating from North Miami Beach Senior High School, she fulfilled her dream to move to New York City and study Art and Philosophy.
While in New York, Larisa worked as a Senior Vice President in Advertising at the largest media agency in the world. In 2010, she moved back to Sunny Isles Beach with her husband. Larisa’s husband was born in England, where his parents and sister still live. Always knowing she would come back to be with her aging parents and to raise her four children, she made Sunny Isles Beach home. She became immediately involved in the community. Her three youngest children attend NSE Sunny Isles Beach K-8, and her oldest attends MAST at F.I.U. Larisa continues to be increasingly active in the community in many organizations and boards. This includes Guardian Ad Litum, Board member Florida League of Cities Land Use and Development, Board member of the Sunny Isles Beach PTSA, Board member of the Social Citizens of SE Dade, and a member of the ATM PTSA. She volunteers with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Services, and the Kiwanis Club. Further, she is a past Board member of the Sunny Isles Beach Foundation, past President of Friends of Oleta River State Park, past President of the NSE Sunny Isles Beach K-8 PTSA, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association.
Larisa continues to be the voice for the residents of Sunny Isles Beach and makes it her mission to represent them in Tallahassee and D.C. To be the best for her constituents, she is currently working on her master’s degree in Government Extension Studies at Harvard University. When time permits, she enjoys reading newspapers, painting, and walking her family’s German shepherd puppy.