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MEET RAY PEARSON

Experienced Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
Family Life:

Ray’s grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey and Greece for an opportunity for a better life and a chance for the American Dream. He was raised by his single mom in Southeast L.A. and attended his local public schools. Ray’s commitment for service began in high school when he volunteered at the local YMCA. He continued this service while putting himself through college at Cal State University L.A. He earned his B.S. degree and became the first member of his family to graduate from college.

Ray has three grown, married children and four grandchildren. He and his wife, Karen, moved to Carlsbad 14 years ago with their youngest child for the reputable schools and quality of life. He jumped right into his new community by volunteering at Carlsbad High School on the Parent Association (now PTSA) and the Speech and Debate Club. Ray enjoys the vibrant, outdoor Carlsbad community through walks on the beach, surfing,
swimming, and playing tennis and pickle ball.

Public and Community Service:

Ray has a heart for service.  He has been involved in the Carlsbad and North County community for over a decade.  His vast community and public service includes:  

  • Serving as an elected Trustee of the Carlsbad Unified School District Board for
    eight years

  • Carlsbad Development Block Grant Advisory Committee.

  • Carlsbad Charitable Foundation Board and Past Chairman.

  • North Coastal Prevention Coalition Board and Past Chairman.

  • Past member Carlsbad Senior Commission.

  • Mira Costa College Technology Career Institute Advisory Committee.

  • Cal State University San Marcos Executive in Residence.

  • Advisor to Mitchell Thorp Foundation.

  • Board member of the Rotary Foundation.

  • Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation Board Chairman.

  • Member of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.

  • Carlsbad Unified School District Citizen’s Oversight Committee for Proposition P $225M School Bond.

Business Experience:

Ray Pearson

Ray is a proven and seasoned executive. His professional background includes 40 years of experience in telecommunications and technology.  Throughout his long career he has mastered executive management, strategic planning, fiscal management, customer service and human capital development, all of which he will bring to his governance style on the City Council.
 

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