Ray Dempsey, Jr.

by Edward Cates
Ray Dempsey, Jr.
Chief Diversity Officer, BP America and President, BP Foundation

Ray Dempsey, Jr. is President of the BP Foundation and the Chief Diversity Officer for BP America. As President of the BP Foundation, he guides global philanthropic giving programs, including employee matching gifts, disaster relief, and grants for education, environment and economic development.


During Dempsey’s tenure, the BP Foundation has been recognized as a best-in-class employee matching program by TriplePundit, a media consultancy that cultivates awareness and understanding among the business community of the “triple bottom line” (economic, ecological and social).


In addition, Dempsey leads BP’s diversity and inclusion agenda, linking external networks and partnerships with internal engagement to position BP as an industry leader. Reporting directly to the BP America Chairman and President, Dempsey leads a broad portfolio, including national strategic relationships and initiatives, supplier diversity, workforce diversity and philanthropy.


Dempsey is Chairman of the Board for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, and he sits on the board of the National Urban League, the National Minority Supplier Development Council.


Dempsey holds a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

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