Ray Trapp is the Research Triangle Foundation (RTF) Vice President of Strategic Engagement. Prior to joining RTF, Trapp served as Director of External Affairs for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Trapp has also previously served as a Guilford County Commissioner representing District 8 from 2012 – 2017. He won his first election to the County Commission in 2012 and was re-elected without opposition in 2016.
His professional work and service have earned numerous awards, including the National Association of Counties’ 2016 Public Health Achievement Award for the “Food Desert Storm” project addressing food insecurity in Guilford County, and his inclusion in the Triad Business Journal’s 2011 “40 Business Leaders Under 40.”
Trapp served in the U.S. Navy as an Interior Communications Specialist aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). He is a proud alumnus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where he completed his Master of Science in Agricultural Education.