Since 2005, Ray Ellis has been focused on community and civic service. Ellis currently serves on several Boards in San Diego, including The Balboa Park Conservancy, Lux Art Institute, The Parker Foundation, EDC Strategic Roundtable and Equinox Center.
In addition to these volunteer activities, Ellis is the Principal of Ellis & Associates, LLC, an investment firm. He also manages the activities of the Ellis Family Foundation, which is a private foundation funding other non-profit organizations.
Prior to his current activities, Ellis was the President of the Marketing Services Division of Protocol Communications, Inc. As part of the executive management team of Protocol, he was responsible for all activities within his division and participated in key strategic, integration, financial and management decisions for this privately held $260 Million marketing services enterprise.
In June 2001, Ellis was the Founder, Principal Shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of MC Direct. After founding MC Direct in 1987, Ellis and his team grew the firm to become one of the largest full-service direct response advertising agencies on the West Coast. Major clients included: Intuit, Microsoft, Cisco, The Smithsonian, Bank of America, Farmers Insurance, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, American Express and many others. Ellis has extensive experience in a wide range of direct response programs, with an emphasis on direct mail and interactive programs.
Ellis received his BA in History from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia and his MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
Ellis and his wife, Gina live in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego with their son, Jake. He also has a son, Matt, working and living in Los Angeles and daughter, Jessica, who graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.