Steffie was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and grew up between Manila, Philippines and California, spending most of her youth in the 90's glued to the computer screen and consuming anime, manga and video games.
In 2013, she graduated University of San Francisco with a B.S. of Kinesiology/Psychology and started working in UX/Product Marketing health tech industry in Silicon Valley.
In 2016, she fulfilled her childhood dream of living in Japan and moved to Tokyo to pursue more creative passions: voice acting, modeling and content creation.
In 2018, seeking to do female empowerment, she co-founded Startup Lady Japan, a community that supports female & non-binary entrepreneurs and freelancers in Tokyo and beyond.