Ray acquired Tuna as a Berkeley-born puppy in 1967, and Tuna accompanied Ray through many significant stages of his life, including graduation from college, law school, first job out of law school, returning home to Napa to open his private practice, marriage, children, and more. Ray is a Napa native who grew up in the Little Italy neighborhood. He attended Alta Heights Elementary School, Silverado Middle School, and is a proud 1964 Napa High School graduate. After graduating from Napa Valley College, he left Napa to attend U.C. Berkeley and law school at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. After a brief stint as a public defender in San Joaquin County, he returned to Napa to establish his law practice.