Ziara joined The Bronx Defenders in 2008. She started out as a temporary employee from Robert Half Legal/Office Team covering for Reception and Team Administrators. Within that year of temporary employment, she was officially hired as a Team Administrator, and within 2 years of that, she worked her way up to become The Bronx Defenders’ Office Manager. Prior to joining BxD, Ziara worked at the famous toy store FAO Shwarz as a floor manager. During her time there, she was selected to be a key manager to help in the closing and reopening of the New York and Las Vegas flagship stores, along with the relaunching of their website. While working at FAO, she attended the City College of New York, majoring in Child Psychology.