Deana Nassar was born and raised in Southern California where she received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and International Relations from the University of Southern California. She continued her education in Washington, DC, where she attended Howard University School of law. At Howard, Deana served as President of The Goler Teal Butcher International Moot Court Team. Upon graduation, Deana became a member of the New York bar. Deana began her legal career clerking with the Entertainment and Intellectual Property group in the legal department of the national headquarters of the AARP. Subsequently, she moved to New York city to pursue her career as an entertainment attorney where she worked as a contract lawyer negotiating primarily on behalf of record labels and producers.
In 2008, Deana was awarded the U.N. Food Law Fellowship, which afforded her the opportunity to work in the legal department of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, Italy. During her fellowship she focused her research on water law and the role of micro-finance in agricultural sustainability in rural Africa. Deana returned to the United States to pursue her career in entertainment working closely with Musicians and record producers and broadening her base to include writers, directors and film/television producers. She joined the Muslim Public Affairs Council in 2010 as the Hollywood Liaison. In her capacity as the Hollywood Liaison she engaged decision makers in the entertainment industry in an effort to promote and foster nuanced and accurate depictions of Muslim Americans and Muslim societies.