Paul Umbach is the Founder and President of Tripp Umbach. Prior to founding Tripp Umbach in 1990, he was the Executive Director of Economic Development in Elmira, NY, and the Director of Environmental Education for the USDA Soil and Water Conservation District in Cleveland, Ohio.
Since 1990 Paul has consulted with more than 1,000 of the nation’s most prestigious organizations. He has completed more than 500 economic impact assessment projects for clients such as the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Mayo Clinic, the Council of Boston Teaching Hospitals, the Ohio State University, and the National Park Service. While completing postgraduate research at Harvard University, Paul developed the new field of Economic Design Thinking, using societal impact analysis as a planning tool to bring value to communities throughout the world.
He is a pioneer in the national “healthy community” movement, having completed community assessments and health improvement plans in more than 500 communities over the past 30 years. More than one in five Americans live in a community where Tripp Umbach has conducted research and health improvement strategies. Paul is actively engaged in developing innovative tools that connect population health and economic development.
Paul is the leading figure nationally academic medicine consulting, with extensive experience establishing new and expanded medical and health science education programs both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Paul has consulted for more than half of all US medical schools as well as Graduate Medical Education expansion programs throughout the United States. More than 30 new or expanded medical schools have been opened in the past 20 years through the work of Tripp Umbach.
Paul has published books and articles, taught at colleges and universities, and presented at more than 100 state and national conferences on topics of community health, health care reform, economic impact, and regional planning. He received the Fisher Award of Distinction from Penn State University, where he served for 8 years on Penn State’s Outreach Advisory Board.
Paul is a graduate of Harvard University, where he completed the Advanced Management Development Program with Alumni Status from the Graduate School of Design. He also holds a Master of Arts from the University of Akron in Geography and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in Geography and English Literature while completing the pre-seminary program. Paul is currently completing the Doctor of Education in Leadership in Learning Organizations at Vanderbilt University Peabody College.