Ray Pearson is a native Californian. He grew up in different parts of Los Angeles, including East Los Angeles, Monterey Park, Inglewood, and Huntington Park.
In what would become a lifelong dedication to community service, Ray, at age 18, took a job working as a youth and program director at the local YMCA. For three years, he worked one-on-one with at-risk youth to discourage them from joining gangs while encouraging them to stay in school and go on to college. During his college years, Ray became a program director at the organization.
In addition to his job at the YMCA, Ray became an outreach director for the San Gabriel Valley Boys and Girls Club. He worked to encourage young men to abandon gang life. Ray received many threats, but he was committed to helping his community and continued his work.
Ray received his bachelor’s degree from Cal State University Los Angeles. He was the first in his family to earn a college degree. After college, Ray began working at Bienvenidos Community Center where he helped adults from poor neighborhoods get job training and job placement services.
Ray then returned to his roots by working with the YMCA as a liaison between the organization and the Los Angeles Unified School District. He worked with teachers and parents to keep kids from joining gangs.
Ray later became an executive in the cable and satellite television industry. Ray worked in General Management and Government Relations for Group W. Cable, Inc. (Westinghouse Broadcasting); the Weather Channel; Primestar Satellite, Inc.; and the Disney Channel. Ray currently holds the position of vice-president of marketing and sales for Jewelry Television.
While on a business trip in Hawaii for the Walt Disney Company, Ray met the love of his life—his future wife Karen. They were happily married May 25, 1991.
In 2008, Ray and Karen settled in beautiful Carlsbad. It wasn’t long before Ray emerged as a strong leader in North County. Ray joined the Carlsbad Rotary Club in 2008, where he became a director of youth services. Knowing the value of a good education—and having a son in the Carlsbad Unified School District—Ray joined the Carlsbad Parent Association (later PTA).
Ray became active in helping students. He worked as a volunteer judge for the Carlsbad High School speech and debate teams; became a board member and President of the North Coastal Prevention Coalition which prevents kids from using drugs, alcohol and tobacco/vaping products; and currently serves as a Carlsbad Unified School District Board Member
On the Carlsbad High School PTA, he became a liaison to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF), which raises funds and support for every school and student in the district.
Because of his leadership in business and commitment to students, Ray was appointed to the Prop P Oversight Committee, overseeing four bonds approved by voters totaling $197,996,000. Thanks to the work of the committee, tax-payer money was not wasted, and Carlsbad has one of the top school districts in the county.
As a strong supporter of North County Health Services (NCHS), Ray firmly believes in the organization’s mission “to improve the health status of our diverse communities by providing quality healthcare that is comprehensive, affordable, and culturally sensitive.” Last year, NCHS helped more than 100,000 low-income families in North County.
Ray has served as a board member—and president—of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, which has helped raise more than $840,000 to benefit Carlsbad and create a community endowment of more than $745,000.
For the past five years, Ray has been a commissioner for the Carlsbad Senior Commission. Ray is also a board member for the Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation, which provides education on fire safety and awards scholarships.
Ray’s impressive track record of service to the community has given him a wealth of knowledge in education, business, safety, health care, and fiscal responsibility. He attends Daybreak Church in Carlsbad. When he finds time in his busy schedule, he loves to go surfing.