Meena Srinivasan is an Indian-American educator in her fifth year of working in partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to implement Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) system-wide in the Oakland Unified School District. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds a Clear Administrative Services Credential with the State of California. Meena brings more than 15 years of experience teaching and leading with an equity focus in the fields of Mindful Awareness Practices (MAP) and SEL and has taught and worked in a variety of school settings--public, private, and international. Meena was a reviewer of an important white paper on Embedding SEL in High School Classrooms and was selected by the Irvine Foundation to serve as an SEL Field Expert to support their Leadership Award grants.
Meena is a student of the late Ramchandra Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson) and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Thich Nhat Hanh. She was a contributor to Thich Nhat Hanh’s bestselling books Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education. Meena’s first book, Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness in and out of the Classroom (Parallax Press, 2014) was featured on Edutopia and her next book, SEL Every Day: Integrating SEL with Instruction in Secondary Classrooms (Norton, 2019) will be part of Norton's SEL Solutions Series edited by Tish Jennings. Meena’s a Registered Yoga Teacher, served on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network, was Core Faculty of the Mindful Education Institute, served on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum’s exhibit, Yoga: The Art of Transformation and is core faculty for Transformative Educational Leadership (TEL), a yearlong training for educational leaders focused on Mindfulness-Based Social, Emotional, Academic and Ethical Learning for K-12 Systemic Change. Meena spent five years living in India studying contemplative practices, she also trained in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UMASS Medical School's Stress Reduction Clinic, and is a recipient of the 2014 Hemera Foundation Contemplative Education Fellowship.
Outside of the education world she has worked in the fields of journalism and public policy and had a variety of professional experiences at organizations including: ABC Network News, Reuters, Bloomberg, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the International Bureau of Education. A contributor to United Nations publications on inclusive education, Meena earned a Masters degree in Education from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Amherst College. Her international outlook was enhanced by spending her junior year studying abroad at the London School of Economics.
Meena lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Eurasian-American, Emmy nominated filmmaker, Chihiro Wimbush. In partnership with her husband, in 2015, Meena produced more than 50 SEL videos in the Oakland Unified School District. Bringing together their passion for education, media, mindfulness and social justice, in 2013 Meena and Chihiro started A Lens Inside, Inc. a 501(c)(3) dedicated to developing mindful media and films that promote social emotional learning through the exploration of social issues.
Meena speaks and consults internationally. You can learn more about her services here. Past clients and collaborators include: