Brian Rusche has over 35 years experience in government relations, policy analysis, non-profit management, citizen engagement, and public leadership. He is the owner of Brian Rusche and Associates LLC, a boutique consulting firm that helps organizations clarify and pursue their civic mission. Brian is also an avid tennis player, USPTA certified tennis instructor, and high school tennis coach.
Brian knows and loves public life in Minnesota. For 27 years Brian served as executive director of a statewide, interfaith public policy coalition, and, before that, served 7 years as Associate Director and Development Director for a statewide public health association. He has traveled to every corner and hamlet of the state and has visited and maintains friendships with people in all 87 Minnesota counties.
Originally from Chicago, Brian graduated magna cum laude from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and then moved to Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs where he received a Presidential Management Intern Award. As a consultant, Brian has provided civic mission consulting services to The Minneapolis Foundation, City of Minneapolis, Dakota County Historical Society, Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, and Minnesota FoodShare. He has served on many statewide boards such as the Coalition for Impartial Justice, Civic Leadership Institute, Minnesotans for Fair Lending, Early Care and Education Commission, and the Minnesota Health Improvement Partnership. Brian is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church USA and has twice served on national committees, most recently a study group that produced the report, Tax Justice: A Christian Response to a New Gilded Age.
Residents of Maple Grove for 25 years, Brian and his spouse, Jody Schanilec, have two adult children, Will and Alison, who are off making mischief in a good way in New York City and Iowa City, respectively. Brian enjoys writing opinion pieces, mostly in his head, and is wise enough to only submit the rare gem for publication. An avid tennis player and USPTA certified tennis pro, Brian and his daughter were ranked as high as 147th in the nation in father-daughter doubles, which really is a thing if you look at it from the right perspective.