Commissioner Larissa Chanzes
Commissioner Larissa Chanzes is filling in the vacant seat in District 4 until an election is held in August 2020. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Commissioner Chanzes moved to the United States in 1989. Since her arrival 29 years ago, she has been a long-time city activist for the residents of Pembroke Pines. Her daughters Danielle and Heather were born and raised in Pembroke Pines and attended public and charter schools in Pembroke Pines. Commissioner Chanzes attended college in the Dominican Republic and while attending, she worked in her parents' CPA firm and was an integral part of the family business.
Passionate about her community, Commissioner Chanzes has traveled to Tallahassee many times to advocate for women, children, diversity and equality, human rights and immigrants. She is currently active in the community helping seniors, visiting nursing homes, spending time with Veterans and feeding the homeless in Broward County. Commissioner Chanzes also mentors young people and helps them explore their own interests, as well as engage in STEM learning.
Commissioner Chanzes has worked for the Broward County Public School system for 20 years, and for State Representative Richard Stark as his legislative community liaison for eight years. During this time, she established strong roots in the community, serving on numerous boards including on the Pembroke Pines' Diversity and Heritage Committee as Chair, on the Broward Schools Diversity Board, the Broward Schools Technology Advisory Board, the Broward Hispanic Census Count Committee, etc.
"I'm very proud to live in our diverse city," said Commissioner Chanzes. "And I am especially honored to have this opportunity to continue to serve our residents as a Commissioner."