Chiara graduated from Columbia University's Teachers College in May of 2004 with a Masters in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. She taught in a dual-language (Spanish and English) first grade classroom at a public school in New York City until starting at Columbia Law School. Before receiving her J.D. in 2008, she clerked at The National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, CA and Children's Rights in New York. Chiara practiced law in corporate litigation at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP until late 2010. During her legal career thus far, she has worked on a number of pro bono matters in the areas of family law, immigration, and special education with Sanctuary for Families and Advocates for Children, among other nonprofits. Chiara currently serves as a pro bono attorney for The Legal Aid Society's Education Advocacy Project and does consulting for the New Teacher Center. She received her B.A. in Government with a minor in Education from Dartmouth College in 2001.