Zabrina Jenkins is executive advisor to the office of the chief executive officer. She is a member of ceo Laxman Narasimhan's extended executive leadership team, providing strategic counsel and support in several key areas including corporate strategy, public affairs, talent development, inclusion & diversity (I&D) and legal and stakeholder engagement.
Prior to that, she was acting executive vice president and general counsel for Starbucks, leading legal and regulatory affairs, global security, and ethics and compliance for the company. Additionally, Zabrina serves as an executive champion to the Starbucks Black Partner Network and an advisor to the diversity committee for the Law & Corporate Affairs department. A Starbucks partner since 2005, Zabrina previously held roles as senior vice president, deputy general counsel, interim chief ethics and compliance officer, lead legal advisor for Teavana, and was a core member of the Starbucks 2018 Philadelphia incident crisis management response team.
Before joining Starbucks, Zabrina was an associate at the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer in Seattle. During her tenure with the firm, Zabrina focused her practice on commercial litigation matters, including labor and employment law.
Zabrina is an active volunteer in both legal and civic organizations. Zabrina serves as an independent board director for Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NASDAQ: ROIC). Appointed by Washington governor Jay Inslee in 2019, Zabrina is a Trustee for Central Washington University and a member of the Enrollment Management subcommittee. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Washington Leadership Institute and Loren Miller Bar Foundation. Zabrina previously served on the Board of Directors for Artist Trust and Central Washington University Foundation, and on the advisory board of the Central Washington University College of Business.
Zabrina received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Central Washington University, Master of Science degree from Syracuse University School of Education and Juris Doctor cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum 2019-2020 Fellows Program.
As a proud daughter of an Air Force pilot, Zabrina grew up living in various states across the country, eventually settling in the Lakewood-Steilacoom area of Washington state where she spent most of her childhood. In her spare time, Zabrina enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite Starbucks beverage is a tall Americano in the winter and a Nitro Cold Brew or Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refreshers beverage in the summer.