Principal and Leader, Washington Council Ernst & Young
Ray leads our Washington Council Ernst & Young (Washington Council EY) practice, which provides clients with strategic advice and representation on issues and developments involving tax, health and budget policy.
Prior to joining Washington Council EY, Ray was Tax Counsel and Special Advisor for Tax Reform with the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, where he helped guide the development of the Tax Reform Act of 2014, a comprehensive tax reform plan proposed by Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI). Ray also has served Congress as Legislation Counsel for the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), where he was involved in several tax legislative proposals that were passed by Congress and signed into law by the president, including the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004. In addition, Ray played a significant role at JCT in the ratification of income tax treaties by the U.S. Senate and the development of tax policy reports to Congress relating to tax simplification and the investigation of Enron Corporation. These reports included several tax legislative recommendations that later were enacted into law.
Ray began his Washington career with the National Tax Department of Ernst & Young LLP, where he was a member of the financial services industry practice group. Ray has taught the taxation of debt instruments as an adjunct member of the faculty at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Ray is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received a JD from the Pepperdine University School of Law, as well as an LLM in Taxation from the Boston University School of Law. Ray is a member of the State Bar of California and the DC Bar.