John Holland for School Committee, 2013
Holland, a graduate of Somerville High School, has lived in Cambridge for 11 years with his wife, Susan. They have two children.
He is manager for talent acquisition for Staples, and before that performed the role for the Merck Group. He also has held senior human resources positions with Liberty Mutual, Houghton Mifflin and State Street Corp. He has a bachelor’s degree and certificate in paralegal studies from Northeastern University and is a graduate of the Human Resources Management Program at Cornell.
Holland has volunteered or sponsored Cambridge Girls Softball, Cambridge Pop Warner and West Cambridge Little league baseball and is parent representative on the Haggerty School Advisory Council and a member of the St. Peters Cambridge Parish Council.
He ran for committee in 2011, saying at forums that he is less interested in education policy than in ensuring the school district’s accounting and management is handled responsibly. “I am not looking to run the schools. I am here to make sure the schools are well run,” was a common line.
Compiled from the candidate’s words in publicly available sources
Holland’s top three priorities:
Accountability. My primary goal will be to ensure that every person employed by Cambridge Public Schools is focused on improving outcomes for all of the students enrolled in the district and that there is a competent teacher in every classroom.
Community engagement. We can create a world-class public education system with visionary leadership and support from every neighborhood in the city.
Transparency, so we know the resources and leadership are in place to accomplish this ambitious goal.