Gresham Smith’s Ray Wong Appointed to City of Tampa Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council
Gresham Smith is proud to announce that Ray Wong, AIA, MBA, EDAC, LEED Green Associate, a senior architect in the firm’s Healthcare studio, has been appointed to the City of Tampa Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council. For the next four years he will serve as a liaison between Tampa’s Hispanic community and City government, using his nearly 20 years of experience planning and designing vital institutions and infrastructure to implement programs and projects that help his community thrive.
“The Hispanic community brings richness and diversity to the Tampa area. By giving underrepresented communities a seat at the table during key discussions, we ensure that we’ll have the perspective and experience that we need to truly make Tampa a great place to live, work and play,” said Wong. “I’m a son of immigrants and I always think about the people that helped me get to where I am today. From school teachers who stayed late to help me learn English to mentors who helped me navigate the professional world, I’ve experienced first-hand how giving your time and resources can impact a person—and a community. I am honored to serve as a liaison between Mayor Buckhorn and his Hispanic constituents.”
In addition to his involvement with the Mayor’s Advisory Council, Wong embodies Gresham Smith’s commitment to community through his involvement with multiple organizations. He serves on the City of Tampa’s Community Advisory Committee for the Downtown Urban Core, the Advisory Committee for the Florida Center for Community Design and Research at USF, and the Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. Board of Directors. Additionally, Wong is a graduate of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Tampa program, often speaks to elementary school students about careers in the architecture and serves in various Committees that help raise funds for student scholarships in the Tampa Bay region.