Ya’ara was born in Jerusalem and raised in western Massachusetts. Since 2013, she has been practicing as an anti-corruption attorney in Washington, D.C. and Paris. She previously spent time with UNHCR in Turkey, the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, the Century Foundation in Washington D.C., and the Kennedy School at Harvard. In 2016 she served as a policy advisor to the Clinton campaign and on the Virginia coordinated campaign senior staff. In her legal practice, Ya’ara has managed complex international corruption and export control investigations relating to major infrastructure and defense projects. She is currently developing a tool to support lawyers, journalists, citizen activists, and others conducting such investigations. In addition to her anti-corruption work, Ya’ara advises international clients and policymakers on the emerging area of business and human rights, including human rights due diligence and ensuring effective access to remedies. She received her MA in International Relations and Middle East studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and her JD from Georgetown University Law Center.