Raymond Watkins

Raymond Watkins, Winslow Township
2024 Camden County MLK Freedom Medal Winner

Who is Ray Watkins? He is a native of Camden, NJ, a proud graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. Mr. Watkins was raised to treat the janitor the same as the CEO. A man of few words and a lot of action. If you live, work, or play in Winslow Twp., you have encountered Ray Watkins. Currently, he works as the Food Service Manager for the Winslow Twp. School District. Mr. Watkins also serves as Deputy Mayor/Ward 3 Committeeman in Winslow Twp. His community roles have included serving as a liaison to the Winslow Twp. Zoning Board, Director of Public Works in Winslow Township, Liaison to the Municipal Alcohol and Drug Alliance, Liaison to the School Board, Celebrations Committee, National Night Out Committee, Family Day, and Juneteenth Director. In addition, he has been known to organize and host clothes, toys, book drives, and PPE giveaways in Winslow Twp. and other surrounding communities like Camden, Bridgeton, Chesilhurst, Mitzvah, Clementon, Lindenwold, and Blackwood, to name a few. He also helps manage campaigns for many elected officials.

Ray Watkins is someone who thinks, plans, and executes. Ray is a landlord, an audio engineer with over 35 years of music production experience. To add to his library of creativity, he is also a web/graphic designer and photographer. He is the owner and co-owner of several businesses. The Village of Camden County Inc. is the newest venture that is set to do some amazing things for the community. Ray Watkins was the recipient of the Omega Psi Phi Citizenship Award in 2017. In 2020, he received the Community Service Award during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration and Awards Ceremony sponsored by the Community Care Food and Clothing Pantry. In 2021, he received the “My Roses Now” Award from The DOT Organization. In 2024, he was the recipient of the Camden County’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal Award and the 2024 Visionary Award from the Camden County East NAACP.

This entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community icon is also the proud father of three amazing children. His fiancée and business partner, Desiree, brings him peace and support.