A La Mesa native, Ray rose in public awareness via his fight in Potrero against Blackwater Worldwide, and its private training camp proposal. He established the website, StopBlackwater.net and pulled together groups in the area from Veterans for Peace, the Peace Resource Center, and Activist San Diego to conduct a Rally and build support for the community. Raymond worked with Rep. Bob Filner to get federal legislation proposed to make mercenary training on private property illegal, in an attempt to block the project. In 2006, Ray founded Citizens' Oversight Projects (COPs) after observing the El Cajon City Council and its use of public money to play partisan and religious videos on the Government Access Channel -- using public money.
Raymond has a Master of Science degree in Electronics Engineering from San Diego State University and worked at the Naval Ocean Systems Center while in school. Then, he worked for a number of firms, from start-ups to fortune 100 firms, eventually specializing in office equipment technology such as laser printers, facsimile, scanners, and "all-in-one" devices. In the 1990s, he founded the Multifunction Products Association (MPFA) which held annual industry conferences until the events of September 11, 2001, which effectively ended the conferences.
More recently, Raymond has been involved in the neurofeedback industry, which treats ADD, autism, and other mental ailments through the use of drug-free feedback techniques. His company, Cognisys, Inc. sells electronic products to psychologists and other practitioners.