Ray grew up in Vermont where he spent most of his time in the outdoors on Lake Champlain or in the Green Mountains. He became interested in environmental issues starting with a school project for the first Earth Day in 1970. In the 1980s he moved to Silicon Valley where he earned degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering, raced sailboats on San Francisco Bay and learned to alpine ski at Lake Tahoe. He later moved back to Vermont raising a family with his wife. He was employed by IBM for many years working in semiconductor manufacturing and development, leading teams on yield management and customer delivery.
Ray moved to Ashland with his family in 2014, attracted by the beauty of the mountains, the climate and the close proximity to skiing, biking and hiking. Since retiring, he has spent time working with local organizations on the causes and impacts of climate change including SOCANs’ MCP class and the former Ashland Climate Policy Commission. He is a Board member of the Mt Ashland Association and runs the Environmental and Sustainability Committee working to reduce energy usage and environmental impacts. He continues to spend time in the outdoors with his family and friends, researching changing weather patterns, renewable energy and residential electrification.