Fourth District Commissioner
James H. Bray (Jim)
Commissioner James H. Bray, or Jim, is a retired public and government relations manager in the oil and gas industry. He is also a retired Army Lt. Col. with a total active and reserve service of 28 years. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Jim and his wife have lived in Orcutt for 26 years.
Jim enjoys spending time in community service and currently serves on the Allan Hancock College Foundation board, the PCPA Foundation board, is an advisory board member of the California Oil Museum in Santa Paula, and an Honorary Commander of Vandenberg Air Force Base’s 30th Operations Group.
He is past chairman of the board of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, past board member of the Santa Maria Valley YMCA and Element Christian Church, past president of the Santa Barbara County Industry-Education Council, and a founding board member of the Orcutt Children’s Arts Foundation.
He served as chairman of VTC’s Quality Life Services Building Campaign, and as Co-Chair of the 2015 Special Olympics Santa Maria Host Town Committee for the Special Olympics World Games. In 2017, Bray was named the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara’s Ambassador of the Year, as well as an awardee that year of the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Celebrate Philanthropy award.
Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Jim and his wife have one son who is a middle school teacher and an Army Captain in the California National Guard.