Aria grew up in Michigan and went to high school in Texas; she graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Psychology and concentrations in Biochemistry and Philosophy. After college, she worked in the INGO sphere in South Asia and the Middle East, focusing on projects that increase education and health access in rural communities. She then moved to Los Angeles and worked in the food & beverage industry while becoming a de-facto restaurant guide for all her friends. In her free time, she enjoys picking the brains of people with NYC restaurant knowledge, discovering hole-in-the-walls (#gradstudentbudget), and staying out for shows past her bedtime.