CEO Ms. Roicia Banks was born and raised in Arizona and was a child who experienced foster care until she was eight years old. She was then adopted by her late Hopi mother Bernice, who fell ill to COVID-19 in February 2021. Banks enjoys sharing her life experiences, what it was like growing up on tribal land, and how it has shaped her career path. She is a first-generation graduate who earned double bachelor’s degrees in African & African American Studies and Political Science at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
In 2013, she received her Master of Social Work from the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She is currently pursuing a Master of Legal Studies with an emphasis in Federal Indian Law and Conflict Resolution at Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University.
Social Roots provides a wide range of social work services focusing on African American and Indigenous communities. Social Roots LLC began as an independent social work consulting business and in 2018, was solely providing home visitation and behavioral health recommendations to attorney clientele. Social Roots expanded programing to creatively and culturally impact those who experience trauma.