Cerda’s career in parks and recreation began in 1990 with the City of Grand Prairie, where he served as a recreation center supervisor and assistant center supervisor. In 1995, Cerda joined the City of Irving and has held numerous leadership positions including recreation center supervisor, community programs supervisor, recreation manager and most recently as the interim parks and recreation director. Leadership credits for Cerda also include service as the staff liaison to the city’s Advisory Committee on Disabilities, Senior Services Advisory Committee, Tree Board, and Parks and Recreation Board.
Ray has also been a chaperone for the Future Leaders of Irving project with the Irving Chamber. The Lively Point Youth center was the location for many of the classes and he was also a guest speaker for the Leadership Irving program on Government Day.