Indian American Shohini Sinha has been appointed as the special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Salt Lake City field office in Utah state. According to the official FBI statement, she recently served as executive special assistant to the director at FBI Headquarters in Washington DC.
Sinha began her journey with the FBI as a special agent in 2001 where she was involved in counter-terrorism investigations and first assigned to the Milwaukee Field Office. She also served in temporary assignments at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, the FBI Legal Attaché Office in London, and the Baghdad Operations Center.
On promotion in 2009 to a supervisory role she was transferred to the Counterterrorism Division in Washington DC. Along with Canadian liaison officers, Sinha has also served as program manager of Canada-based extraterritorial investigations.
Sinha took charge as the assistant legal attaché in Ottawa, Canada, in 2012 and has worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. In 2015, she was promoted to field supervisor in the Detroit Field Office, where she led squads responsible for investigating international terrorism.
Moving to the cyber intrusion squad, Sinha has worked on national security and criminal cyber intrusion matters. Later, she became the assistant special agent in charge of national security matters, and criminal matters, in the Portland Field Office. She was chosen to serve as the executive special assistant to the director in 2021.
Before joining the FBI, Sinha was a therapist and an administrator for a private and non-profit clinic in Lafayette, Indiana. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in mental health counselling from Purdue University, Indiana.