Integrated Marketing Communications Specialist
Tejas Srikanth grew up in rural Indiana but has resided in and around Boulder, Colorado for the past several years. He graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado in 2019 and continued his education there, receiving a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Food Systems in 2022. Tejas began working in the realm of sustainable agriculture through an internship with an urban agriculture non-profit in 2019. Through this role, he promoted community participation in educational events related to landscape design, beekeeping, integrated pest management, and more. During graduate school, he also worked with another local organization devoted to advancing regenerative agriculture in Colorado’s Front Range and beyond.
What’s most inspiring about your specific position at TLI?
I am inspired by the opportunity to create meaningful connections and partnerships with both perennial grain enthusiasts and audiences less familiar with the work of The Land Institute. I am also excited to engage with various groups across a large geographic range in pursuit of transforming the way we produce food.
What drew you to work at TLI?
When working with stakeholders in the regenerative grain community in Colorado’s Front Range, I consistently heard high praise for The Land Institute’s work as it pertained to the transformation of global grain agriculture. After diving deeper into this work, I began to really resonate with The Land Institute’s approach of utilizing nature-based agriculture to regenerate landscapes and communities. For these reasons, I was inspired to work here and be part of the solution that seeks to move away from agricultural models that have caused (and continue to cause) social and environmental problems worldwide.
What’s one aspect of your life’s history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
During my younger years, I was very much engaged in the extreme sports realm. Although there was a tremendous amount of fun that came with this, I also experienced some less-than-fortunate injuries, including one to my right leg that has gifted me with some metal hardware that will remain with me for the rest of my days!
What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
I am an avid tennis player and welcome the opportunity to get on the court with any and all people who are interested. I am also a huge fan of all things music and hope to continue (loudly) playing my alto saxophone if given the green light by my nearby neighbors.
What were you like at age 10?
Curious, intent on exploring the outdoors, and open to spontaneous meet-ups with my close friends. Can’t say that much has changed since then!