Shafina Khaki is an associate with Sinars Slowikowski Tomaska. She is actively licensed to practice law in Washington State and holds both a Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Laws in Sustainable International Development (LLM) from the University of Washington School of Law.
In her various legal roles within the United Nations system, Shafina assessed existing gaps and challenges in the field of business and human rights and engaged with internal and external stakeholders inclusive of civil society, government leaders, and field experts to track progress and lead key legal initiatives.
Shafina most recently served as a leading Strategic Advisor for the City of Seattle where her efforts centralized on legal policy, business continuity, and social justice initiatives. She worked cross-functionally and fostered relationships with City branches, private sector entities, and the Government to integrate best practices, measure and evaluate programs, and drive organizational change. She addressed sensitive and controversial employee and labor relationship issues and prepared responsive recommendations based on relative case, statutory law, and analysis. Shafina was directly responsible for developing, implementing, and establishing strategies and policy to improve the performance of 1,800+ City employees, whose work impacted the most vulnerable groups in Washington state. She provided strategic direction and presented industry research and solutions to the City’s Executive Team.
While attending law school, Shafina served as Executive Editor of the Washington International Law Journal, Vice President of Seasonal Programs for the Washington Student Bar Association, and President of the Sport and Entertainment Law Association. She also served on the Board for the Middle Eastern and South Asian Student Association and as a Student Mentor for the Women's Law Caucus.
Shafina's professional, academic, and volunteer experiences have allowed her to navigate various political environments, lead civic engagement, and ensure diverse voices are heard. She has even published a chapter to advance racial equity. She is actively engaged in philanthropy in the areas of women’s rights, refugee relief, education, and global health care. Shafina embraces public service and believes in serving her community in ways that embody the importance of cosmopolitan citizenship.
Publications and Presentations
ITREB, United Kingdom, “Refugees Abandoned at Sea: Privatized Pushbacks in the Mediterranean”. Edinburgh, Scotland. 2022.
Hood College, History Department, “Seattle Sports: Play, Identity, and Pursuit in the Emerald City”, with Dr. Terry Scott. 2020.
More Than Just an Athlete: Race, Identity and the Seattle Seahawks. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press. 2020.
University of Padova, Law Department, “Global Rights Advocacy/Human Rights Defense”, with Alejandra Gonza. 2020.
Project Pilgrimage, “Civil Rights and Seattle Sports History”, Moscozzi Studio, Seattle, Washington. 2019.