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 Media, 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 4 children, she made Sunny Isles Beach home. She became immediately involved in the community. Her 4 school-age children attend Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8, and actively participate in the programs at Pelican Community Park. Larisa is the President of the Sunny Isles Beach PTSA. She is active in the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the Citizen’s Coalition for Public Education, the Sunny Isles Beach Foundation, and the Social Citizens of SE Dade. She volunteers with the Kiwanis Club, is a past President of Friends of Oleta River Park, a Board member of the Miami Dade County PTA, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association.
Larisa’s decision to run for Commissioner was largely based on her innate instinct to be the voice of the residents of Sunny Isles Beach, many of which she grew up with. Her father, who passed away in 2016, would have been overjoyed to know that Larisa has officially become a part of the Commission of Sunny Isles Beach, in his words, “the greatest city in the world”.
When time permits, she enjoys reading newspapers, painting, and working in her vegetable garden.