Ray King, President & CEO

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Ray King, the President and CEO, of the Urban League of San Diego County, since October 2007, previously was with the Port of Oakland for 20 years, most recently as General Manager, Maritime Operations/Marketing .

Prior to joining the Port, King worked as a senior consultant with the accounting and consulting firm of KPMG in San Francisco, as well as in city government on the East Coast while attending college in Connecticut.  He has a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

At the Port, a $125 million enterprise, King held increasingly responsible positions during his tenure.  His accountability was both national and international in scope, and included operations, systems implementation, business development, community development/outreach, strategic planning, project management, and P&L oversight.  King has held various community service positions including President of the National Supplier Development Council, San Francisco Bay Area, as well as President of the Community Development Advisory Board, City of Oakland. He has led and participated in various successful fund-raising campaigns for the organizations that he has served.

Since joining the Urban League of San Diego County, Ray King has emphasized youth education programs aimed at enhancing academic performance and reducing the drop-out rate.  He is particularly focused on the role of community-based organizations in developing systems and programs to assist youth launch successful careers.  The Urban League offers, mentoring, tutorial and parenting classes and has initiated the Project Ready to promote and develop a universal standard of behavior in support of academic excellence and civic engagement.  As a result of his work in education, Ray King was appointed to an Education Commission by the Governor of California,  California Community College Career Education Black and African American Advisory Panel,  President’s Advisory Committee on African American Presence at University of California, and UC San Diego Chancellor Community Advisory Board.  In addition, he sits on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the U.S.S. Midway Museum.