Sharmila Achari is an attorney and political activist based in New York City. She has over 15 years of corporate and political experience, having worked in large law firms, startups, thinktanks, Capitol Hill, and political campaigns. Sharmila is a founder of Empire State Progressives, a grassroots activist network that advocates for a progressive economic and social policy agenda, and serves on the Steering Committee of Executive Women for Her, a network or professional women dedicated to supporting progressive candidates in elections across the country.
In 2016, Sharmila joined the Hillary Clinton campaign as the Regional Voter Protection Director for north central Ohio, where she was responsible for recruiting, training, staffing and managing legal observers to protect the vote in the November 2016 election. Prior to working on the Clinton campaign, Sharmila worked as an attorney at two white-shoe law firms representing financial institutions in complex M&A and syndicated finance transactions. She then served as the Chief Legal Officer of a consumer products startup. While in school, Sharmila held internships at the Council on Foreign Relations, the United Nations Development Programme, and the offices of U.S. Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Steven Rothman (D-NJ).
Sharmila holds a J.D. and MBA from Columbia University and a B.A. from Georgetown University.