Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Ciera attended Baltimore City College High School. As a teen, Ciera became passionate about modeling, which motivated her to become involved in the fashion and entertainment industries.
In an effort to serve the community, Ciera served as President of a community-based modeling organization called Elite Icons. As President, Ciera and her team coordinated annual fashion shows, which served as esteem building activities and productive work areas to keep teens away from inner city violence.
Ciera began her undergraduate studies at Marymount University in Arlington, VA where she earned a dual Bachelors Degree studying communications and fashion merchandising with a focus in public relations. While at Marymount, Ciera was heavily involved in a number of organizations, including The L.I.S.T. (Ladies Inspiring Strength for Tomorrow), which Ciera established and served as President and Vice President, the Head of Public Relations for the Marymount University Fashion Department, and a member of the Black Student Alliance.
Ciera was also able to gain hands on experience working as an event assistant for various organizations and brands such as: Men Against Breast Cancer, Becky's Fund, Luke's Wings, Key to the Cure, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Isaac Mizrahi, Christian Siriano, Lela Rose, Neiman Marcus, The Washington Humane Society, Chic Communications, The Aba Agency, Saks Fifth Avenue and more.
In the spring of 2012, Ciera produced the fourth annual Voyage to Utopia fashion show which was the first year that established the Voyage to Utopia Scholarship Fund and supported the KaKenya's Dream Foundation.
Following her undergraduate career, Ciera was employed by IMG and ROCHE in New York City as the Public Relations and Marketing Intern for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and Production Coordinator for New York Fashion Shows.
Upon returning to the D.C. and 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 Maryland 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 has made appearances as an actress on several television series such as, House of Cards, Survivor's Remorse & more to name.
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.