Wanda M. Holland Greene

Head of School

  • Columbia, B.A., 1989
  • Teachers College, M.A., 1991

Wanda M. Holland Greene is the head of The Hamlin School in San Francisco, a mission-driven institution dedicated to best practices and innovation in the education of girls and young women.  Prior to her leadership at Hamlin,               Ms. Holland Greene served for eleven years as a senior administrator and ex-officio trustee at The Park School in Brookline, MA.  She began her career in education at The Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School and continued thereafter at The Chapin School, where she served as a teacher, advisor, and the school’s first Director of Student Life.  She is a former trustee of Concord Academy, The Chapin School, Cornerstone Literacy, Inc., Hamilton Family Center, and Lick-Wilmerding High School, and a past member of Columbia’s Board of Visitors.  Currently, she serves as a trustee at Head-Royce School and the National Association of Independent Schools and is also an advisor to Common Sense Media and Carney Sandoe Associates.

An experienced leader in education with a powerful voice and presence,                         Ms. Holland Greene has focused careful attention on academic and ethical excellence, gender equity, performance evaluation, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, and global citizenship.  As a member of the faculty of the National Association of Independent School’s Aspiring Heads Fellowship, she is a fierce advocate and sponsor for women and people of color who seek positions of leadership in education; she is well-known for infusing her leadership seminars, workshops, and presentations with poetry and song.

A proud Brooklyn native, Ms. Holland Greene graduated from The Chapin School in 1985 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College in 1989, majoring in English Literature with a concentration in psychology.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in curriculum design and instruction from Teachers College, a permanent teaching license in New York State, and has completed extensive coursework in private school leadership at The Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Center at Columbia.

Ms. Holland Greene has been named one of San Francisco’s Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business and was recently awarded a Women Making History Award by the San Francisco Commission and Department on the Status of Women.