Cornelia Mazgarean was born in Romania, where she experienced the dictatorial regime of Ceausescu and lived through the revolution of 1989. After graduating law in Romania, she came to Canada for work, in search of a better life. In time, she obtained a law degree and a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Cornelia became a lawyer in 2011 and opened her own practice. As a long-term resident of Jane-Finch, she has been involved in community advocacy and legal support. She is an active member of Jane and Finch Action Against Poverty, Black Creek Food Justice Network and The Rights of Non-Status Women Network.