IBM Corporate Citizenship Manager Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming In his role, Ray oversees the company's community and government relations programs, along with workforce development and K-12 education reform, for a nine-state region. A leading advocate of K-12 business and education partnerships, Ray has been involved with numerous initiatives in his territory, including the push for standards and assessments in the mid-1990's. Most recently, Ray worked with the Governor, state legislature and the Colorado departments of Education and Higher Education to bring P-TECH schools to the state. Three opened in August 2016. He is also currently overseeing a new offering, Teacher Advisor, which provides math lessons, strategies and resources for grade 2-5 teachers at no cost. For the past seven years, he has been involved with a unique collaboration with the St. Vrain Valley School District, called the Innovation Academy, a business-education STEM summer program for K-6 students; and has served on the design team and advisory committee for the district's first STEM preschool. Ray has also been an integral part of IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge (SCC), a competitive grant program that deploys IBM experts to cities around the world to address their most critical challenges. It is the company’s largest philanthropic initiative, with contributions to date valued at more than $66 million since 2010. The City of Denver was one of more than 130 cities around the world to be awarded a grant. Last year, Ray served as project manager for the SCC grant awarded to the City of Denver and the Denver Metro Mayor’s Caucus to assess the coordination of services for the homeless across the seven-county area. Previously, he led teams to help the City of Boulder access its utility infrastructure; and the City of Omaha to help determine the impact on costs associated with greenfield vs. infill development, designed to assist with the revitalization of the urban core. Under his leadership, IBM has also implemented programs such as MentorPlace, an online program that matched over 300 IBM employees with 4th and 5th grade students to help with math and science skills. In conjunction with the Colorado High School Activities Association, Ray also created programs to recognize outstanding high school students for their accomplishments both in the classroom and the community, and has helped promote student council leadership development activities As part of his job, he also oversees IBM’s On Demand Community and numerous other philanthropy programs in his region, including World Community Grid, the largest public computing grid to tackle projects that benefit humanity. Past work included helping place more than 900 IBM Young Explorer computers at numerous day care centers and kindergarten classes throughout his region to help with early childhood learning through IBM's KidSmart program; helped establish a computer training program for middle school students in Denver's inner-city; implemented e-business classes for high school students; created computer labs to help improve math skills at middle schools; and held nine week-long summer technology day camps for middle school girls designed to provide hands-on experience, spark their interest and encourage them to pursue high tech careers. He also helped develop a reading improvement program in Boulder County, and a ""Stay in School Program"" for middle school students in Denver Public Schools. Ray currently serves on the board of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, and has chaired its Education Foundation. He also serves on the executive board for Innovate-Educate, a national workforce development organization; the Colorado Succeeds Board of Advisors; and is part of the Colorado Business Roundtable Inner Circle. Past board involvement has been with the Colorado Center for Tax Policy, Provider’s Resource Clearing House, Teaming for Results, Friends of Food for Thought, Curtis Park Community Center and March of Dimes. Ray also helped develop the Colorado Governor’s STEM Roadmap for the state.