Tripp Farrell spent his formative years with his maternal grandparents in Northeast Philadelphia. Following his senior year at Archbishop Ryan High School, Tripp moved to Bucks County—subsequently, he enrolled at Temple University and began his studies in August 2000. Receiving limited financial support, he took out loans for tuition and worked a multitude of part-time jobs to help defray the cost of living expenses.
Service runs deep in Tripp's family. Both of his grandfathers served in the military—his late paternal grandfather going on to retire as a Philadelphia police officer—and his younger brother is a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department. When the September 11th attacks occurred during his sophomore year of college, Tripp joined the Air Force ROTC program at Saint Joseph's University. He completed his degree in May 2005—as a first-generation college graduate—and was commissioned as an active duty Air Force officer.
Over the course of his military career, Tripp has led nuclear deterrence operations, managed multiple defense procurement programs to further the Air Force’s strategic priorities, and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. Following a medical emergency back home, Tripp left active duty to assist his family. After the situation was resolved, he was selected for a legislative internship with the Office of U.S. Senator Bob Casey. This experience piqued his interest in public service; while working full-time, he leveraged his GI Bill educational benefits and earned his master's degree in Public Administration from George Washington University.
Tripp currently balances his career as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte—where he specializes in organizational transformation, process improvement, and strategic communication for public sector organizations—with his continued military service as a Major in the Air Force Reserve. In December 2018, Tripp mobilized to Germany and spent nine months shaping regional policy initiatives in support of U.S. European Command.
Tripp is primarily focused on enhancing state and local governments by enabling greater efficiency, transparency, and cross-sectoral partnership building. Beyond this, he is committed to improving services and expanding benefits for veterans, first responders, and their families. In his spare time, Tripp enjoys flying, playing basketball, and hiking with his dogs.