Wanda Marie Holland Greene is nationally recognized and respected as an experienced leader in education with a passionate voice and powerful presence that inspire communities to achieve equity and excellence for all children. For the past thirty years, Holland Greene has focused her professional time and attention on a wide and varied range of issues in education: mental health and emotional well-being; anti-racism and cultural competency; neuro-diversity and learning differences; gender inequity and stereotype threat in the classroom; effective performance appraisal systems for teachers; and global citizenship. She has taught, mentored, and inspired thousands of children on the east and west coasts, and her writing, speeches, seminars, and professional presentations have permeated the educational and political landscapes from San Francisco to Cape Town.
Prior to Holland Greene’s tenure at Hamlin, which began in 2008, she served for eleven years as a senior administrator at The Park School in Brookline, MA. She began her career in education in New York City at The Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School and continued thereafter at The Chapin School, where she was a teacher and the school’s first Director of Student Life. Currently, she is a Vice-Chair of the Columbia University Board of Trustees, a member of the Board of Regents of Bishop O’Dowd High School, a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow at The Aspen Institute, and a former trustee of Head-Royce School, Concord Academy, The Chapin School, Lick-Wilmerding High School, and Hamilton Families. A former faculty member of the National Association of Independent School’s Aspiring Heads Fellowship, Holland Greene continues her mentorship and advocacy for brand new heads of school as an executive coach.
A proud Brooklyn native, Holland Greene graduated from The Chapin School in 1985 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in 1989, majoring in English Literature with a minor concentration in psychology. She holds a Master of Arts degree in curriculum and instruction and a Master of Education in private school leadership, both from Teachers College Columbia University. Holland Greene is a past recipient of the Alumna Achievement Award from Columbia College Women, was named one of San Francisco’s Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business in 2014, and in 2015 was awarded a Women Making History Award by the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women. She is a 2020 recipient of the John Jay Award, an honor bestowed annually to Columbia College alumni for distinguished professional achievement.
Mary Oliver poetry, novels and memoirs by women of color, SoulCycle bike rides, live music at SF Jazz, performances at Berkeley Repertory Theater, journal writing, and travel provide much-needed rejuvenation and quiet pauses between her commitments to her profession and to her spouse Robert L. Greene, Jr. and their sons David and Jonathan.