Tripp Farrell is a native Philadelphian; his formative years were spent living with his maternal grandparents in the Northeast section of the city. After graduating from Archbishop Ryan High School, Tripp enrolled at Temple University. 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 Tripp's sophomore year of college, he 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 commanded strategic deterrence operations and managed multiple defense procurement programs to further the short- and long-term priorities of the Air Force and Department of Defense. Additionally, he has served as an executive officer in Iraq during Operation New Dawn and shaped regional strategic policy initiatives while mobilized to Germany in support of U.S. European Command.
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.
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 for veterans, combating the opioid crisis, and expanding benefits for first responders and labor union members. In his spare time, Tripp enjoys flying, playing basketball, and hiking with his dogs.