Crystal Land

Crystal Land (she/her) is a Partner at Leadership+Design. Crystal has spent her career as a leader in independent schools and as a facilitator with schools and teams. Prior to joining L+D, Crystal served as Head of School at The Head-Royce School in Oakland, where she also served in a variety of roles from Assistant Head of School and Admissions Director to English teacher over her 30+ year career. Over the past two decades, Crystal has designed and facilitated workshops for school leaders in the Bay Area and nationwide on topics including strategic planning, developing capacity in leadership teams, school governance, writing and meditation and women in leadership. She writes articles and thought pieces for various publications and has presented locally and nationally on effective school leadership.

Crystal has served on the Boards of the Global OnLine Academy, the Seven Hills School, the CAIS Secondary School Accreditation panel, Vincent Academy, the California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC) and currently serves as a trustee for Marin Primary and Middle School. She holds a M.A. in English from Middlebury College, a M.A. in Education from Stanford University and a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in English and Political Science. She appreciates big messy problems and truly enjoys helping leaders and schools find ways to successfully navigate them. She and her husband live in the Bay Area, and are the parents of two adult children and one beloved dog.

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