Attorney Shouka Rezvani knows first-hand how access to educational opportunities can change the course of a life. Shouka’s father arrived in the U.S. from Iran with scarce resources – access to public education allowed him to pursue a degree in architecture and build a successful real estate development business. It’s a common cultural expectation among first generation immigrant families that children will pursue advanced degrees.Read More
Shouka has shaped a law practice from which she can effect local and systemic change by helping charities and tax-exempt entities of all forms fulfill their goals and missions. As the Chair of Tonkon Torp's Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group, her work can vary from helping Beaverton high school students start a social service project for their community, to drafting new governance protocols for Oregon’s largest charitable trusts and helping nonprofit associations navigate compliance at the international level. More broadly, Shouka helps Oregon’s legal community serve the diverse range of not-for-profit entities as a member of the Oregon State Bar Nonprofit Law Section Executive Committee. In light of her contribution to this specialized area of law, she was recently named as the 2022 Portland Lawyer of the Year for Nonprofit/Charities Law in the peer-review survey by Best Lawyers in America.
Motivated to facilitate access to the kinds of educational and career opportunities she and her father have had, Shouka has long been involved with organizations that focus on bringing resources to underserved populations. She was a founding board member of the now closed Marathon Education Partners, and served as a board director for Young Audiences of Oregon. In a current role that runs parallel to her legal practice, Shouka is a founder and Executive Director of Le Monde Immersion, which operates Oregon’s first French Immersion public charter school. This position offers her another avenue to bring about change by challenging the notion of what public education can look like and provide. It also gives her practical experience with the regulations and unique operational challenges that her clients must navigate.
Shouka is the first to say that her particular approach to work-life balance isn’t for everyone. Yet by intentionally aligning her personal and professional interests, she has gained a valuable perspective and skillset that informs her legal work and drives her mission to make public education better. For those who wonder whether their daily actions really can improve the world, Shouka serves as a fine example.