After her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Iva graduated from Cornell University. She gained great experience in the financial sector by working at Wachovia Bank, Citi Group, and Goldman Sachs in New York. She currently holds the position of managing director at Goldman Sachs in New York. She is a board member of the Grace Institute of New York, whose organization aims to provide free training for women to enter the job market. Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, over 100,000 women at Grace Institute have learned the skills needed to enter the workforce successfully.