Jonathan T. Trapp (99C)
Award: 2009 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Employer: Center for Disease Control
Occupation: Emergency Manager
Achievements: Jonathan Trapp (99C) is emergency manager for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. In that role, he works to ensure the CDC’s ability to respond to any emergency that may impact a CDC facility or staff member. His accomplishments include a continuity-of-operations plan that has been recognized for best practices in the industry. He also developed a humanitarian assistance plan for responding to the death or severe injury of a CDC staff member that is largely unique among civilian federal agencies.
Mr. Trapp has been involved in numerous public health situations including the Southeast Asia Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and, most recently, the ongoing H1N1 response. He has been invited to speak at several international conferences, among them the 2008 World Conference on Disaster Management in Toronto, Canada, and recently co-authored an article for the June 2009 International Association of Emergency Managers Bulletin.
Mr. Trapp holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Berry and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia, where he was student of the year in his graduating class. While at Georgia, he was one of 400 graduate students nationwide to be accepted into the federal government’s Presidential Management Intern program.
Mr. Trapp lives in Decatur, Ga., with his wife, 2002 Berry alumna Elizabeth Rasmusson.