Carley Anderson began playing piano at the age of six, and violin at the age of eleven. Upon graduating from high school, she began her undergraduate education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She spent the following year at Onondaga Community College, before transferring a final time to Azusa Pacific University to finish her Bachelor of Music. She studied with such teachers as Andrew Zaplatynsky, Kevin Moore, and Charles Stegeman. While in college, she was a touring member of the University Choir and Orchestra, performing concerts across the United States from Missouri to Washington. Her quartet, the Townsend String Quartet, was invited to perform in numerous recital venues with admiring reviews.

After graduation, she began work in Syracuse, NY as a Public Health Program Coordinator, assisting with travel medicine, occupational health and safety, fetal protection, hearing conservation, and more. In 2016, she moved to Boston to fulfill an internship in the Office of Regulatory Affairs of the Food and Drug Administration. She then worked for a year at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as the Quality Assurance and Compliance Auditor in the Food Protection Program, before transitioning to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Environmental Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service through the JrCOSTEP program. She is a full-time student at the University of New England, in their Master of Public Health program, expected to graduate December 2017.