John Tschida, MPP

Acting Executive Director | Executive Team
Phone: 240-821-9466

John Tschida, MPP

The AUCD Board has appointed John Tschida, MPP, as the acting Executive Director of AUCD effective Monday, January 6, 2020. John Tschida, MPP, has spent more than 20 years using data and research to drive policy change and service development for individuals with disabilities.

Previously, Tschida served as director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the federal government's premier applied disability research agency. He also served as director of public policy and innovation at Allina Health in Minnesota, where he developed integrated health delivery systems and financing models for people with disabilities.

At the Courage Center, Minnesota's leading nonprofit provider of rehabilitation services, Mr. Tschida was vice president of public affairs and research, building and directing a policy and research team that focused on defining and achieving better outcomes for complex populations. His team received one of the first Health Care Innovation Awards from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Prior to joining Courage Center, Tschida served as a research fellow at the National Rehabilitation Hospital Center for Health and Disability Research in Washington, DC. Earlier in his career, he served as assistant director of the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Office. Mr. Tschida serves on a number of national panels designing policy or governance solutions to further the independence of people with disabilities, including the board of the Long Term Quality Alliance, Anthem Health's National Advisory Board, and the Lakeshore Foundation's Advisory Council. Tschida has written numerous articles on disability and public policy for national and local publications.

Mr. Tschida has a master's degree in public policy and a health services research certificate from Georgetown University, and a BA from Macalester College.

Areas of Interest:


  • Healthcare Policy and Financing
  • Managed Care
  • Employment
  • Research