CARLSBAD — Ray Pearson, a local businessman and community leader, filed his paperwork last week at the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters seeking re-election to the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees.
Pearson was elected in 2014, during a special election to complete a vacated term of office. Since being elected, class sizes have been reduced, collaboration with Mira Costa College and the city of Carlsbad have resulted in cost savings to CUSD and lowered the cost of college education to students, increased student’s technology access and digital competency to prepare them for now and the future, re-financed Proposition P Bonds saving CUSD taxpayers $7.9 million, and increased “rainy day” reserves to protect student learning.
“I feel strongly that public education is one of the most important cornerstones in building a great future for our children and community,” Pearson said. “I have made it my mission to help provide opportunities for our students to succeed in college and career, ensure we provide a high quality education to all our students and be mindful of the resources trusted to us by our taxpayers.”
He is a past member of the CUSD Proposition P Oversight Committee, Carlsbad High School Parent Association and the Carlsbad High School Baccalaureate Committee. Within the community, he is past chairman of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, past president of The North Coastal Prevention Coalition, city of Carlsbad Senior Commission and a member of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad.
He also volunteers as an Advisor to The Mitchell Thorp Foundation Board of Directors and as a judge for the Carlsbad High School Speech and Debate program. Professionally, Pearson has worked 35 years in the U.S. and international telecommunications industry in such capacities as senior management, general management and operations, business development, sales and marketing, and government affairs.
He is currently vice president affiliate sales and marketing, Western Region, for Content Management Inc. representing Jewelry Television. Pearson is married and has three adult children — two of whom are university graduates and one who is pursing undergraduate studies. His youngest son, Dane, is a 2011 CHS graduate.