Erin M. Trapp, Ph.D is CEO/Executive Director of the Biennial of the Americas. Trapp is responsible for overseeing all aspects of this organization, that aims to connect North and South America and inspire critical thinking and action through provocative discussion forums, and arts and culture practice. Previously, Dr. Trapp served in executive leadership roles at the City and County of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver.  As deputy chief of staff for Mayors John Hickenlooper and Bill Vidal she oversaw agencies employing more than 2000 people as well as the city’s state and federal legislative portfolios. Trapp served as director of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs for the City for five years, where she orchestrated the city’s cultural economic development and public art portfolios as well as its direct and partnership investments in the cultural landscape of the Denver metropolitan community. Dr. Trapp also served in leadership positions at the Western States Arts Federation and Merrill Lynch Private Client Services.  She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder and a BA in History and Public Policy from Swarthmore College.  She has served on the Boards of numerous nonprofit organizations including Arts for Colorado, the Clyfford Still Museum, the Denver Preschool Program and the Swarthmore College Alumni Council.  Trapp lives in Denver with husband Patrick Krueger and daughter Stella.