Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Amy Cole

Director of Development

Amy grew up in a farm family in Gypsum, Kansas and holds a BA in Mass Communications from Kansas State University, with a major in Public Relations and a minor in French.  She was the Director of Development for Kansas State University’s polytechnic campus where she learned much about how private philanthropy can transform the future.

Amy is a self-described dreamer (as well as an avid reader, outdoor enthusiast, traveler and foodie), and loves “that we are working on something that is so much bigger than we can even define…yet we are working to make it reality.”  She is excited to lead the team that “provides the support for these brilliant researchers and scientists to do their best work.”



What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
I was held at gunpoint in Italy one summer when I was in college. I traveled Europe by myself after nannying in the south of France and stumbled onto the G8 summit en route to Genoa. The gendarmes thought I was a protester.  I explained that I was only there for the food and wine.

What TLI perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
Kernza® bread. Bring on the carbs!

What drew you to work at TLI?
The people. The big dream. The dirt road.

What’s your motto / favorite quote?
“Not all who wander are lost.”

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