Karina holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, with a double major in History and Modern European Studies. Before law school, Karina worked as a research assistant, administrator, and team lead at a non-profit dedicated to antiracism and multiculturalism education. She also worked remotely as a freelance copywriter and editor, allowing her to travel and live abroad in Malta, Italy, and Israel.
Karina obtained her Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University (TRU), where she won a course prize in criminal law for finishing first in the class. During her studies, she was elected by students across all faculties to serve on the TRU Senate Board. As a student clinician at the TRU Community Legal Clinic, she drafted submissions for and against applications to dismiss to the BC Human Rights Tribunal. In the summer following her first year of law school, Karina worked at a business and corporate law boutique in Vancouver, where she drafted contracts and policies for an entrepreneurial clientele and conducted legal research on employment matters.
Throughout her life, Karina competed in Latin Ballroom dance on a national and international level. Although she has now retired from competitive dance, Karina found new hobbies such as nature photography, hiking, and Pilates.