Rekha Shukla, Research Associate

Rekha ShulkaRekha Shukla brings a global perspective to her work with Barbara Goldberg & Associates. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. Over the last 20 years, Rekha has applied her research, program development, and evaluation expertise to communities in many nations. She  managed the American Friends Service Committee’s Southeast Asia and China programs from Bangkok where she  forged links among government, non-profit, and private sectors, and secured funding focusing on rapid economic development, human rights, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS. She evaluated and helped develop income-generating programs for women in India and Jamaica. Across the board, Rekha’s work has fostered community cooperation and expanded educational and economic opportunity.

At the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development Rekha coordinated efforts of banks, property owners and community groups to construct low and middle income housing. Rekha has been deeply involved in her Pittsburgh community for more than a decade, fostering inter-group understanding and strengthening educational organizations.

Rekha speaks Hindi and Urdu and has a working knowledge of French, German, and Thai. Her research, civic interests, and grant seeking address practical ways to make individuals and communities more resilient through micro-finance and affordable housing programs for the disadvantaged and first generation college students. She joined Barbara Goldberg & Associates in 2009.


“As a child of immigrants, I've found myself bridging cultures and enjoyed working internationally, from years as an exchange student to serving as a country director for an international non-profit. Nearly every organization I have worked for or with has ended up engaging in a strategic planning process which has led to organizational growth and renewed energy among staff and partners.”
Rekha Shukla, Research Associate, Barbara Goldberg & Associates