Manuela grew up in Germany and moved to the United States as an adult. Her family has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 12 years. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Masters Degree in International Business Administration and worked as an investment professional restructuring pension assets for private and public pension plans. She stepped away from the corporate world in 2017.
Manuela has served as a tutor for elementary school age children. She volunteers some of her time with local organizations and currently holds board positions with three nonprofit organizations.