John W. Robitscher, MPH, CEO
Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, John Robitscher, MPH, provides direction and leadership to achieve NACDD’s Mission, strategic plan, and annual operating and fundraising plans; and serves as steward of the Association’s funds. Since joining NACDD in 2005, he has led the organization’s acquisition of more than $100 million in funding for hundreds of chronic disease prevention and health promotion programs across all 50 states and U.S. territories.
NACDD currently represents over 7,000 public health practitioners working across the United States, specifically working in chronic disease prevention and health promotion programming at state and local health departments and other organizations.
As CEO, John oversees a growing organization of 38 full-time employees and more than 50 consultants located across the country and in U.S. territories. John has also overseen the growth of the Association, itself, from less than $5 million when he joined the organization in the early 2000’s to $43 million in FY 2021.
In 2020, after years of John’s leadership to promote health equity, John committed NACDD to advancing anti-racism in public health and challenged other public health organizations and associations to do the same.
John has more than 30 years of experience managing nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining NACDD, John served as the Executive Director of the Henry W. Grady Foundation and as a fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
John also served as the Chief Development Officer for the International Life Sciences Institute’s Center for Health Promotion. John was the Director of Rural Health for the Georgia Department of Public Health.
John holds a Master of Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Emory University. He is the past chair of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials’ Affiliate Council, a board member of the Population Health Alliance, and a national trustee of Oxford College of Emory University. John and his wife and son live in Atlanta.