Uma Mahadevan is in the IAS, currently posted as Principal Secretary, (Panchayat Raj), Government of Karnataka.
She has previously worked as Principal Secretary in the departments of Women & Child Development and Planning, Programme Monitoring and Statistics, among others. She has worked in the health, education, agriculture and land administration sectors in the state, and in the atomic energy sector in Government of India. She was a member of the working group that prepared Karnataka’s first Human Development Report. She writes on development and culture in major publications.