Head of School, The Hamlin School
Columbia University Trustee
2020 John Jay Award Honoree
Wanda Marie Holland Greene CC’89, TC’91’s educational and social experiences at P.S. 68 in Ridgewood, Queens, provided the foundation for her two years in junior high school in Brooklyn at Meyer Leven Junior H.S. 285. After two years there, Holland Greene moved to The Chapin School, an independent, K–12 school for girls in Manhattan.
At the College, she majored in English literature with a concentration in psychology while earning her New York State teaching license. Holland Greene earned a master’s in curriculum and instruction from TC and later completed extensive coursework at its Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership. Holland Greene then returned to Chapin, where she was a lower and middle school teacher and administrator from 1990 to 1997.
That same year, she was recruited to Boston as the middle school division head at The Park School in Brookline, Mass. She worked at Park for 11 years, also serving during her tenure as acting head of school and assistant head of school. While in Boston, Holland Greene met her husband, Robert, and gave birth to their sons, David (15) and Jonathan (11).
In 2007, Holland Greene entered a competitive national head of school search and emerged as the unanimous choice for The Hamlin School in San Francisco. She has been Hamlin’s 11th head of school since 2008 and is the first African American to hold this position at Hamlin.
Holland Greene is a member of the Columbia University Board of Trustees. She resides in Pacific Heights, Calif., with her family and has deep personal interests in vocal performance (jazz, R&B and gospel), reading novels and poetry, creative writing and international travel. Bay Area residents are also likely to find her at an SF Jazz concert, at a play or dance performance in Berkeley or on a bike at SoulCycle.
Holland Greene is passionate about life and leadership and feels blessed to have had many excellent teachers and loving support from friends and family. Using her faith, strength and courage, Ms. Holland Greene inspires children to love themselves, to value learning, and to use their education as a platform for social activism. Her personal motto is a question posed by her favorite poet Mary Oliver: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”