Ms Rashmi Shukla Sharma joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1984. She is an alumnus of Delhi and Princeton universities from where she earned M.Phil. (Psychology) and a Master's degree in Public Administration, respectively. She has held senior positions in the Union Government and Government of Madhya Pradesh, apart from various field-level posts in the early part of her careers. In the course of her service she acquired in-depth knowledge and experience in School Education and Local Government. She is the author (with Vimala Ramachandran) of The Elementary Education System in India: A Field Based Investigation of Institutional Structures, Processes and Dynamics (2009), Routledge Press, New Delhi, and Local Government in India: Policy and Practice (2009), Manohar Publications, New Delhi, besides many papers the Economic and Political Weekly and elsewhere. She retired early from government service to take up research and teaching in related to governance and public policy.