Ray Johnson, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager, CO, NE, NM, ND, SD, WY, & Phoenix, IBM Corporation
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As IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Manager for IBM, Ray oversees the company’s K-12 education reform efforts, and community and government relations programs for a seven-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. Under his leadership, IBM has also implemented programs such as e-mentoring, an online program that matched over 300 IBM employees with 4th and 5th grade students to help with math skills. 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 has also increased access to computers & technology for thousands of students ranging from kindergarten day care centers to high schools across his region.
Ray joined IBM in 1978 and has held a variety of positions in internal communications, media relations, community relations and government affairs. He has served on the board of many non-profit organizations throughout his career, including the Colorado Center for Tax Policy, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Provider’s Resource Clearing House, Teaming for Results, Friends of Food for Thought, Curtis Park Community Center and March of Dimes. Ray also serves on the executive board of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, and chairs its Education Foundation. He also chairs the Colorado Business and Education Alliance. He received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Northern Colorado, and lives in Westminster, Colo.