Tashi Teuschler, MPA
Tashi Teuschler is a Senior Associate who works with clients to achieve their desired results using processes that are data-driven and inclusive.
Tashi believes one of the key steps in creating more equitable systems, structures, and processes is taking time to understand ways that inequities are created, maintained and oftentimes exacerbated. When this type of inquiry is done, we will often see that systems are producing the outcomes they were designed to produce. The question then becomes, how do we work collectively to disrupt and change this cycle? This question cannot be answered without authentically partnering with those that are most impacted by the system.
Prior to coming to Community Solutions, Tashi worked in local and state government for over a decade. She served in the Child Support Division at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office before stepping into the role of Indiana’s Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Coordinator, with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. In this role, she worked alongside local and state leaders to identify and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in the youth justice system. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Director for the Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), at the Indiana Supreme Court’s Office of Court Services. In this capacity, she helped to oversee the implementation of JDAI, a statewide data-driven and data-informed youth justice system improvement effort. She worked collectively with local, state and national partners to assess and change policies and practices within the youth justice arena, with the objective of advancing race equity and improving the lives of children and families impacted by the youth justice system.
Over the years, Tashi has engaged in a wide variety of professional development opportunities designed to deepen her understanding of topics such as implicit bias; history of systemic and institutional racism in America; power and privilege; diversity, equity & inclusion in the workplace; and conducting racial equity impact assessments.
Tashi earned her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Social Relations from Earlham College and her Master of Public Affairs with a criminal justice focus from Indiana University, Indianapolis. She is a graduate of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Applied Leadership Network.