Claudia Ayala grew up in Jefferson City, Missouri. She attended Columbia College where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Legal Studies. Upon Graduation, she worked as a Program Assistant and Victim Advocate for the Boone County Juvenile Division. She later attended Law School and graduated from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Claudia is bilingual, new to the Carolinas and she lives here with her husband, Fernando and their son Maximus. Claudia enjoys traveling and spending time with family.