Dara Goldsmith was born and raised in Southern California. At the age of 16, Dara started college at California State University Northridge and at age 20 earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics with an emphasis in Finance. While at Northridge, Dara pledged Alpha Phi. She was very involved in on campus activities and was honored to be selected the University's 25th Homecoming Queen. After graduating from Northridge, Dara attended law school at Pepperdine University School of Law. While at Pepperdine, Dara became interested in furthering her education in taxation. Upon earning her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine, Dara took the California bar examination and thereafter moved across the country to attend the University of Miami where she earned her Masters in Tax Law (LL.M.) While attending the U, Dara took and passed the Arizona bar examination.