Learka was born in Switzerland, lived outside of Boston from ages 6-18, attended Barnard College at Columbia University, studied in Sydney, and received her law degree from Suffolk in Boston. She worked on political campaigns in Cambridge, MA, and London, taught English in Japan, worked for the Mercer in New York, and moved to Los Angeles to work for actress Meg Ryan. The real estate roots in her family run deep; her great-grandfather built the Greeley Arcade across from Penn Station in NYC. The building was later part of the Realty Corp. run by her grandmother Edna Lemle, who attended Barnard and was one of the first women to study at the London School of Economics. Learka has served on the board of the Realty Corp. and advised on real estate holdings. In addition to real estate, Learka loves food culture. She may be a one trick pony in the kitchen with her legendary leg of lamb but she’s had guinea pig in Peru, can order sushi in Japanese, and is very grateful to live adjacent to the famed Mozzaplex. She’s parlayed that food love into an eight-year Sous Chef sponsorship for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for pediatric cancer research funding and years of support for See LA, the organization behind many of Los Angeles’ farmer markets that also funds EBT produce purchases and nutrition education. You can find her most Sunday mornings with her husband Zack, a sports PR pro, and their daughter Maxine at the Hollywood or Studio City Farmers Markets. She also skis any chance she can get, loves the Red Sox, and adores her rescue dog Alfie.