Senator Jeff Merkley
Tejeswara is committed to improving the lives of others through public service. He was born in India, grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and lived in India, China, and Greece. These experiences combined with his professional trajectory has enabled him to bring collaborative and cross-sectoral thinking to public policy problems.
After graduating college, he taught high school math and coached speech and debate through Teach for America in Phoenix, Arizona. After this service, Tejeswara received an appointment as a LEE Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. Continuing on the track of public policy, he was selected as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in Los Angeles, California where, among other issues, he worked on conservation solutions to California’s drought problem.
Until November 2016, Tejeswara served as an APAICS Fellow in the office of Rep. Mike Honda.
As an Oregonian, Tejeswara is particularly excited to be placed with Senator Jeff Merkley and working on Budget, Appropriations, and Tax policies. Prior to his selection as an APAICS Fellow, he served as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Athens, Greece.
A proud Bearcat, he earned his B.A. in Economics and Politics from Willamette University and his M.Ed. from Arizona State University. In his spare time, Tejeswara enjoys photography, traveling, theater, and being inspired by Langston Hughes.