Vice President, Public Affairs and Research
In his role with Courage Center, John Tschida is responsible for leading public policy and advocacy initiatives on behalf of Courage Center and in partnership with the local disability community.
Tschida acquired a spinal cord injury over a decade ago. Since that time, he has worked to improve health care delivery systems for people with disabilities.
Prior to joining Courage Center, Tschida served as a research fellow at the National Rehabilitation Hospital Center for Health and Disability Research in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, he served as assistant director of the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Office.
A graduate of Macalester College in Minnesota, Tschida holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. A well-known author, Tschida has written numerous articles on disability, health care and public policy for local and national newspapers and magazines.
In addition to Tschida’s duties at Courage Center, he serves on the Board of Governors for AXIS Health Care, a consumer-driven managed care program for people with disabilities. He also works closely with the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, a statewide coalition of more than 100 disability service and advocacy organizations. He serves on numerous government advisory panels and speaks regularly to various audiences on issues of interest to the disability community.
Tschida resides in Eagan with his wife, Rachel, and their three children.