Kevin Trapani

Immediate-Past Chair
  • Company / Agency:

    CEO - The Redwoods Group

We are at our best when we serve others. And business can and must be a powerful force to right wrongs and bring about positive social change.

These ideas have been the driving force behind the career of Kevin A. Trapani.

The Redwoods Group — a company which Kevin founded in 1997—has turned the traditional insurance model on its head. Instead of seeing claims as simply drag on the company’s bottom line, the Redwoods model views them for what they are: frequently painful and sometimes tragic stories involving real human beings. Under Kevin’s leadership, Redwoods has helped transform how youth-serving organizations transport kids and guard their pools, and it has played a key role in building a movement to prevent child sexual abuse. Today, Redwoods is a social enterprise dedicated to insuring and protecting YMCAs, resident camps, Jewish Community Centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, and overnight camps all over the country.

A 1979 Duke University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Kevin lives in Chapel Hill, NC and is married and the father of three children. Kevin is an engaged community leader: he is immediate past chair for the Board of United Way of the Greater Triangle (NC) and the Board of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Kevin has served as the Social Entrepreneur in Residence and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; he’s on the External Advisory Council of The Institute for Nonprofits at North Carolina State University and he’s Junior Warden of the Chapel of the Cross, an Episcopal parish in Chapel Hill, NC.