Barbara Casanova was born into a political, civically active family. Her parents came to the US from Cuba in 1960. They became very active in the Republican Party and were eventually Presidential Appointees under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, Sr. She grew up in Washington, DC, and has her degree in Political Science from CUA. She has worked in politics and for advocacy groups for over 25 years in various roles. She now lives in Miami and continues to be active in the Republican Party and Cuban- American organizations, serving on the Board of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Florida and the Asociacon Nacional de Hacendados de Cuba.