"I've always known that I had the skills, but becoming a mom put the fire under my feet."
Born in Baltimore, Maryland; Ciera graduated from National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Baltimore City College High School.
She began her undergraduate studies at Marymount University in Arlington, VA where she earned a bachelor's Degree studying Communications and Fashion Merchandising. While at Marymount, Ciera was heavily involved in a number of organizations. She established the female empowerment group, The L.I.S.T. (Ladies Inspiring Strength for Tomorrow), and served as President and Vice President. In addition to The L.I.S.T., she served as Head of Public Relations for the Marymount University Fashion Department.
Ciera has also worked as an event assistant for various nonprofits and brands such as Becky's Fund, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Isaac Mizrahi, Christian Siriano, Neiman Marcus, The Washington Humane Society, The Aba Agency, Saks Fifth Avenue and more.
Following her undergraduate career, Ciera was employed by Endeavor formerly known as WME/IMG in New York City as the Assistant of Global Marketing & Communications, IMG Fashion Events & Properties for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Upon returning to the D.C./Maryland area, Ciera competed for and won the titles of Miss Maryland United States 2013 and Miss District of Columbia USA 2014. Within those two years, Ciera used her titles to empower inner-city youth in D.C. and Baltimore to continue their ambitions. She represented Maryland in the 2013 Miss United States pageant and she represented D.C. in the 2014 Miss USA pageant.
After crowing her successor, Ciera starred on and won Oxygen's reality competition series, Last Squad Standing, and completed acting school at The Barrow Group Theater Company and School in New York City.
She then made appearances as an actress on several television shows such as House of Cards, Survivor's Remorse & more.
Currently, Ciera is a pageant coach and owner of Crown Bound Pageant Consulting as well as brand designer and owner of The Agency Marketing and Design. She serves on the board of directors of Posh Pack, and is President of the Baltimore City College Class of 2008 Alumni Group.