John Coburn joined the VCU’s National Training and Data Center in 2016. Prior to this, he provided training and technical assistance on public benefits as a Program Specialist for Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and as Senior Attorney and Director of Training for Health & Disability Advocates in Chicago, Illinois. He has trained thousands of social service professionals throughout the country on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and the work incentives. He has also led public benefits advocacy efforts on behalf of people with disabilities and older adults. He is a 1995 graduate of Duke University School of Law and began his legal career as a poverty law attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois.