Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Chris Pembleton

Senior Operations Manager

A native of Salina, Kansas, with a background in construction, landscaping and manufacturing, Chris holds an AS in General Business from Cloud County Community College, a BS in Business Administration from Emporia State University, an MBA from Kansas Wesleyan University, and a doctorate in Business Administration specializing in Social Impact Management from Walden University.

Chris is inspired by “the opportunity to work for a nonprofit organization that is truly contributing to the betterment of society through transforming agriculture systems. At The Land Institute, I am not just trading my life’s hours for a monetary gain but assisting in something greater than money – and that is very important to me.”


What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
I played alto saxophone in high school marching band, as well as baritone saxophone in jazz band and concert band.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
I love volunteering with Casas por Cristo, a short-term mission organization that builds homes in Central America. I also coach youth softball and baseball, and enjoy constantly learning new things.

If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
I would like to write on any of these topics: social innovation, operating on a triple bottom line, nontraditional nonprofit revenue generation, the inevitable drain of natural resources from a capitalistic mentality, or perhaps operating businesses like ecosystems (a zero waste approach).

What’s your motto / favorite quote?
I’ve got two: “Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize that we cannot eat money,” and “Nothing changes if nothing changes.”

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