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Corporate Work Study Team

Gunnar Rawlings, Executive Director of Corporate Work Study Program


Gunnar Rawlings formerly served as the full-time Feasibility Study Coordinator for Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep. In this position, Gunnar managed and executed the Pre-Feasibility Study Application and the Feasibility Study required under the Cristo Rey Network Replication Process. Prior to serving on the Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep team, Gunnar spent two years teaching high school English in Denver, Colorado at Bishop Machebeuf Catholic High School. While teaching, Gunnar served a diverse student body in terms of ethnic and socio-economic status, including many first-generations Americans. He received his Master of Education from Notre Dame in May 2013 via the Alliance for Catholic Education program where he focused on Secondary Education. Prior to teaching, Gunnar studied English with a concentration in Creative Writing at Boston College. At Boston College, Gunnar worked four years in the office of Campus Ministry, working closely with Jesuit priests and campus ministers in developing and maintaining programs and retreats for the student population. Also, he was a member of his college lacrosse team.

A native of Dallas, Gunnar is a 2007 graduate of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas where he excelled in many service-oriented programs. He is committed to the Jesuit ideal of educating the whole person and “Men for Others” and believes strongly in the mission of providing quality educational opportunities to all students.

Gunnar can be reached at or 214-533-1153.

Darren Luft, Director of Operations 

Before joining Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep, Darren, an attorney by training, worked as a litigator at national and international law firms in New York City. While earning his law degree from New York University School of Law, he represented students who had been improperly suspended or denied special education services in New York City public schools.

Prior to law school, Darren spent two years teaching middle and high school English and social studies and coaching freshman boys and girls basketball at Holy Cross of San Antonio. He attended the University of Notre Dame for his undergraduate education and spent time tutoring elementary school students at St. Casimir’s Parish and the Robinson Community Learning Center. Darren holds both a bachelor’s degree in political science with a supplemental major in philosophy and a master’s degree in education from Notre Dame.

During his undergraduate education, he also attended New College of Oxford University in the United Kingdom for a year. While at Oxford, he helped lead the American club, i.e., the New College basketball team, to victory in the university championships during the Hilary term.

Darren is excited to use his background in both law and education to help Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep students succeed in the corporate work-study program, college, and life.

 He is the proud father of three boys and a girl.

Darren can be reached at or 214-334-6358.