Larisa “Laura” Svechin, along with her husband Steve, four children, and German Shepard, are longtime residents of Sunny Isles Beach. Born in Belarus, Larisa immigrated with her parents and sisters to Miami Beach from the Soviet Union in 1979 through religious asylum. In 1987, her family moved to Sunny Isles Beach. 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. Always knowing she would come back to be with her aging parents and raise her family, Larisa made Sunny Isles Beach home again in 2010. She immediately became involved in the community. Her three youngest children attend NSE Sunny Isles Beach K-8, and her oldest attends the School for Advanced Studies (SAS). As a fierce advocate for education and a lifelong learner, she is finishing her master’s degree in government extension studies at Harvard.
Larisa is dedicated full-time to her city and community, and participates in many local organizations and boards that focus on children, the elderly, the environment, social justice, and policy. The most critical of these is Mayor Levine Cava Task Force on Building Safety, where she is working with federal, State, County, and local leaders to propose and effectuate change following the Champlain building collapse. Larisa is an active participant in the Florida League of Cities; she sits on the board of the Land Use and Development Committee and is a member of the FAST (Federal Action Strike Team), where she flies in to D.C. to propose federal laws that will help residents. She is a liaison to the Sunny Isles Beach Public Arts Advisory Committee, board member of the Sunny Isles Beach PTSA, and member of the SAS PTSA. She also volunteers with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Services, and is a Guardian Ad Litum.
Larisa sponsors three resident-run community committees, including the SIB Safety Committee, SIB Parks Committee, and SIB Parent Committee, that meet regularly with her to discuss concerns and ideas specific to their interests. 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, past board member of the Social Citizens of SE Dade, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association.
Larisa is the City of Sunny Isles Beach’s first female mayor, first mayor of Russian and Belarussian heritage, and first Russian-speaking mayor. Larisa continues to be the voice for residents of Sunny Isles Beach and makes it her mission to represent them in Tallahassee and D.C. To be accessible, transparent, and representative for her constituents, Larisa has an open-door policy, where residents and visitors can drop in to say hello or discuss matters important to them. She enjoys reading Russian novels, painting, spending time with her mother, running around with her children, and chasing her German Shepard.
Mayor Svechin invites residents and visitors to meet with her at the Sunny Isles Beach Government Center, 18070 Collins Ave. She is available Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or after hours as requested. To make an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305.792.1731 or 305.792.1754.