Sunshine grew up on a farm in northeast Arkansas surrounded by cotton, soybeans, and rice. Raised by grandparents after losing her father at three and then her mother at six in a case of deadly family violence, she has spurred down a path of lifelong academic and artistic exploration. Sunshine graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Art History from the University of Houston in 2001, and magna cum laude from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 2006. She studied abroad in Mexico and Cuba. As a student lawyer, she trained in capital murder defense work at Texas Defender Service. Sunshine is a former board member of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association and co-founder of the Houston Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. She has tried cases from DWI to Capital Murder. She is proud to have been to jail for protest and is a firm believer in all forms of collective action. Sunshine has been a dishwasher, a crêpier, a newspaper deliverer, a newspaper reporter, a somewhat-off-the-grid-tiny-house farmer, a museum docent, a boxer, a cook, and a crochet-addict—not necessarily in that order. She plays the piano and the dulcimer and is known to wield swords in her free time.