James Ray

James C. Ray, Jr., P.E.
Principal & President

“Water supply, or more specifically the lack of it, can be a project-stopper. We’ve developed a vast body of knowledge in this area that has won us a lot of projects. This kind of expertise only comes with years of experience and a core group of key long-term managers committed to retaining, building upon and passing along that knowledge. We’re uniquely advantaged by having both the experience and the team.”

Jim has been with MacKay & Somps since 1976. A graduate from Stanford University with a BS in Civil Engineering, he is a Registered Civil Engineer in California and Nevada. Jim began his career with M&S in the San Jose office. In 1984 he was appointed Operations Manager for the Sacramento office. He grew this office from a staff of six to over 60 people by 1989 when he established an office in Roseville.

In 1992, Jim was chosen to become a Principal for the firm. He continued his duties overseeing the Sacramento and Roseville offices and took on additional corporate duties. In 2006, Jim was elected President of MacKay & Somps.

Jim has expertise in land use planning and engineering for large scale development projects with a unique knowledge of municipal water supply planning particularly in the Sacramento Region. Jim has served on the Board of Directors of the North State Building Industry Association. He has received recognition from North State BIA for his contributions to the development industry including Associate of the Year in 1998 and Volunteer of the Millenium in 2000. Jim has also served on the Board of Directors and as local chapter president for the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California.