Seat 3 - Larissa Siegel Lara
Larissa Siegel Lara was elected to Council Seat 3 on November 25, 2014. Larissa and her family have called Palmetto Bay home for 17 years. She and her husband Pablo have 4 children: Emma, 18; Julian, 14; Andy, 7; and Agustin, 5. Larissa was drawn to the area's diversity, parks, and great schools.
Larissa is a global business leader with a proven track record of successfully leading teams to attain results. She is results-oriented, with broad experience in program management, service delivery and administration, as well as technology implementations. She has a keen understanding of processes, strategic and critical thinking, and the value of collaboration and team building.
Larissa earned her Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master's Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. She has also completed PhD coursework in Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami.
Councilwoman Siegel Lara was sworn into office on December 1, 2014, as the Councilmember representing District 3.
She enjoyed a 17 year career at Burger King Corporation, with various roles, including Vice President of IT Operations, Vice President of Global Business Services and Vice President of Management and Training. She also held various engineering roles at IBM and Motorola.
She has been involved in various community organizations, including Big Brother and Big Sisters, Habitat For Humanity and The Education Fund's Teach-A-Thon. A strong advocate of leadership development, she served as vice-chair for Burger King's Women's Leadership Forum and as chair of the WLF's Mentoring Program. She is a member of the Women's Foodservice Forum.