Aliya was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. After attending Trinity School in NY, she went on to graduate from Princeton University, where she received a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with certificates in African Studies and Portuguese Language and Culture. After graduating from Princeton, Aliya worked for two years in Cape Town at mothers2mothers, an international nonprofit focused on preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission. Upon returning to NY, she attend Columbia, where she received her JD from Columbia Law School and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health. After starting her career at Skadden, she eventually landed at Gunderson Dettmer, where she is currently a partner and provides services to venture-backed companies and venture capital firms.