Amanda Riegel Consultant, Transition Services

Amanda has worked with a broad range of schools including progressive, traditional, coeducational, girls’ schools, LD specialized, and faith-based institutions. Since joining the firm, she has successfully conducted searches in the South, Southeast, and Northeast regions of the U.S. In addition to her search work, Amanda leads the firm’s Leadership Transition Practice. Her interest in this work stems in part from her own experience as a Search and Transition Chair. With a firm belief that successful transitions involve a blend of intentional yet responsive planning specific to the needs of each situation, Amanda helps schools recognize aspects of their culture that are critical for a new head of school to understand. Conversely, she works with the incoming head of school to identify personal and lifestyle characteristics that will allow her/him to thrive. Amanda has presented on the topic of transition at various conferences and symposia.

Recent assignments include search work at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School (NY), Collegiate School (VA), Charlotte Country Day School (NC), Louis S. McGehee School (LA), St. George’s Independent School (TN), Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (GA), and Esperanza Academy (MA).

Previous Experience

Amanda began her independent school career teaching elementary school and coaching at Friends Academy (MA), where she later became the Assistant Director of Development. She worked in development at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School (MA) and in admissions at both The Wheeler School (RI) and the Gordon School (RI) before serving as the Founding Chair of Girls on the Run Rhode Island from 2010-2015.

Education & Interests

Amanda graduated from Tower Hill School (DE) (where her father was the Head of School) and then from The College of William and Mary magna cum laude with a B.A. in psychology and from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master of Education.

Amanda currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the Gordon School where she recently guided Gordon through a head of school search as Search and Transition Chair. She enjoys tennis, yoga, coaching lacrosse for her two daughters, and spending time at the beach with her family.