Vanessa Wassenar

Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Creating Resilient Schools
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States

Vanessa Wassenar, Chief Executive Officer at Creating Resilient Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academic administration.

Upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English and interdisciplinary social science from Macalester College in 1973, Ms. Wassenar has dedicated her career to improving schools and non-profits in times of transition. Since 2001, she has flourished in her role as chief executive officer of Creating Resilient Schools in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Specializing in independent school and nonprofit administration, financial and strategic planning, interim executive positions and governance, Ms. Wassenar is renowned for her vast expertise and concentration in leading schools to success. Presently, she maintains affiliation with the National Association of Independent Schools, National Business Association and National Register. Ms. Wassenar attributes her career success to his parents, who worked for former President Harry Truman and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Ms. Wassenar took on her first role as an assistant curator of ancient art in Minnesota in the early 1970s. For 19 years, from 1975 to 1994, she served as the director of the Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego before moving to the Pine Cobble School as director of advancement and business services until 1999. At the turn of the century, Ms. Wassenar focused on her path in academia, having served as assistant to the president at Bennington College until 2001 and director of resource management and strategic planning at the Emma Willard School from 2003 to 2005. In addition, she had been the consulting chief financial officer and chief operating officer of the Archer School for Girls from 2004 to 2007 and chief financial officer, chief operating officer and consultant to head of senior manager for administration at the Bentley School from 2009 to 2015.

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