Roia Barrios is originally from Southwest Ranches, Florida. She attended the University of Florida where she earned degrees in Political Science, Russian Language and Literature, and a Juris Doctorate. After graduating from law school, she worked at the Hillsborough County Public Defender’s Office. Roia currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Gasparilla International Film Festival and sits on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Hillsborough County. She is also active in the Junior League of Tampa.