Kelby Woodard serves as the Founding President of Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep and the interim President for Cristo Rey Fort Worth. Cristo Rey is a unique model of college prep education that focuses exclusively on students of limited economic means who will be the first in their family to attend and graduate from a four-year university. Students earn a significant amount of their tuition by working in some of Dallas’ most prestigious firms. When combined with a first class-education, this experience has proven a pathway to success in college and in life for Cristo Rey alumni across the country.
Prior to accepting the position of President at Cristo Rey Dallas in 2014, Mr. Woodard co-founded two successful international trade firms: Trade Innovations, Inc. and TRG Direct, LLC. He had previously acted as the Director of Global Supply Chain Assets Protection for the Target Corporation where he designed and implemented a global security program spanning 84 countries.
From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Woodard served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. There, he championed education reform and was elected by his peers as an Assistant Minority Leader and served as the Lead on K-12 education issues. During his time in the House, Mr. Woodard strongly advocated for innovative approaches to solving the persistent achievement and ‘aspiration’ gap and authored the first school voucher bill to pass the House and the Senate in the state. His colleagues and political observers recognized him as the Politics in Minnesota “Legislator to Watch” in 2013.
Mr. Woodard earned an MBA in International Business with a concentration in Latin American Studies from the University of Dallas and a Certificate in Global Security Management from Georgetown University. A Dallas native, he is a graduate of the University of North Texas and of Jesuit Dallas College Prep.