Michael G. Rapp is Executive Director Emeritus of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Cincinnati and is presently Adjunct Professor, Department of Theology, Xavier University. He earned his Doctorate in history from the University of Minnesota.
Active in community life for over 40 years, Dr. Rapp served on the executive committees of the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the Hamilton County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board. He also served on the Northwest Ordinance and United States Constitution Bicentennial Commission of the State of Ohio, the Steering and History Committees of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the board of the Cincinnati NAACP.
Currently on the Executive Committee of the Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society), Dr. Rapp is on the City of Blue Ash Charter Revision Committee, the Blue Ash-Ilmenau Sister City Committee, and the national board of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. He also serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of International Security Affairs.
Professionally, Dr. Rapp is a member of the Organization of American Historians, the American Jewish Historical Society, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and the National Association of Scholars.
In recognition of his accomplishments in the field of inter-group relations, he has received awards from the Ohio Civil Rights Commission; the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, the Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater Cincinnati and Vicinity, and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center; the National Conference of Christians and Jews; and the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.