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Sri Kulkarni

Relational Futures

Sri Preston Kulkarni is the founder of Relational Futures, a consulting firm specializing in relational organizing. Previously he was the Democratic nominee for US Congress (TX-22) twice, served Chief of External Affairs for AmeriCorps in the Biden Administration, was a Pearson Fellow in the US Senate, and served 14 years as a US Foreign Service Officer. In 2017, following the Charlottesville Nazi rally, Sri resigned from the Foreign Service and returned home to Texas, where he ran for Congress in a district that had been won by the Republican incumbent by 34.9%. Sri built a 27-language relational voter turnout network that cut the margin to 4.9% and helped flip his county blue for the first time in his lifetime. After his own race, Sri helped the Ossoff campaign in Georgia build 160,000 voter relational voter turnout network for his successful 2021 Senate runoff. In August 2022, Sri returned home to launch 2 Million Texans, a relational network using the REACH platform, which currently has over 7,300 volunteers and over 500,000 voters in the network. Sri's mission is to continue growing relational networks across the country in order to increase Democratic turnout (especially among hard-to-reach populations such as Gen Z, immigrants, and low-income communities of color) and flip districts and states that were previously considered unwinnable. Sri earned a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, speaks Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Hebrew, and Hindi, and is a native of Houston, Texas. He currently resides in Austin. Sri can be contacted at