Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School announced today that John Rinaldo has been hired as Director of Business Partnerships. He will be responsible for building partnerships with local businesses and organizations that can offer entry-level paying jobs to Cristo Rey St. Viator’s High School students. He will steward positive relationships with key business leaders throughout southern Nevada who will invest in the students as they gain valuable professional experience while earning their school tuition.

“John Rinaldo will be a remarkable asset to our team as we continue to expand our work-study program to help our students prepare for the future,” said Father Thomas von Behren, president of the school. “Many local businesses have become our partners and are developing a diverse talent pipeline along with having a payroll cost savings. Our program is innovative, and John will be key in connecting companies with our important mission.”

Rinaldo has held many positions throughout his career that allowed him to work closely with educational programs associated with the Catholic faith. He earned his Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) from the Graduate Theological Union, an MA from Santa Clara University, and a BA from Loyola Marymount University. He began his career working in Catholic parishes and dioceses in the field of youth and young adult ministry.

Following this, he worked as the Director of Community Partnerships for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. His responsibilities included building partnerships and coalitions with non-profit agencies, government entities, elected officials, and faith-based organizations to respond to the justice needs of Santa Clara County. He stewarded multiple five- and six-figure major gift donors, and applied for and managed foundation and government grants ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 annually. He also served as a member of the executive team, overseeing a 500+ employee organization serving more than 54,000 clients a year with a $40 million annual budget. Additionally, he managed the agency’s 1,000+ volunteers.

Rinaldo’s most current role has been teaching graduate-level students in leadership, management, and practical theology for Santa Clara University. He has been in the Las Vegas Valley for the past four years and has developed charitable community affiliations with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Friends of Red Rock, The Nature Conservancy, and Cristo Rey St. Viator.

About Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School

Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. Students graduate ready to succeed in college and life through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a relevant work-study experience. The school was founded in 2019 at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard North and Van Der Meer Street in North Last Vegas. Despite the setback of the pandemic, Cristo Rey St. Viator Preparatory is ready for its fourth school year. This upcoming year it will have its first graduating class – the class of 2023. More information on the school can be found at https://www.cristoreystviator.org.