Yang is a recent graduate of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. During law school she helped provide legal aid to Vancouver's Chinese community through the Law Students' Legal Advice Program and volunteered with the Legal Education Outreach program.
Before attending law school, Yang worked in the energy industry, focusing on conventional upstream oil and gas projects. She received her Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, where she was involved in research and development of nanomechanics, renewable energy, and catalysts. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and playing boardgames.