Yalda is originally from Boulder, Colorado. She studied theoretical math in college at the University of Colorado Boulder with the intention of becoming a math teacher, and subsequently pivoted into law. She received a scholarship to get her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law, which she completed in May 2022. She is currently an associate attorney with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
Yalda was a board member of IABA NorCal for two years in law school. In her spare time, Yalda enjoys reading fiction, eating sushi, running along the National Mall, trying different coffee shops around DC, and spending time with family.