Hospital executive Richard T. Greene, Jr. was born on March 3, 1945, in White Plains, New York, to Virginia and Richard T. Greene, Sr. He graduated from Newtown High School in Queens, New York in 1962. In 1966, Greene earned his B.A. degree in zoology from Pennsylvania State University. He attended graduate school at Cornell University, where he received his combined M.B.A. and M.P.S. degrees in health administration in 1975.
In 1967, Greene joined IBM as a systems engineer, working until his enlistment as an officer with the Navy Supply Corps from 1968 to 1970 before joining the Naval Reserves where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Upon completion of active duty, Greene returned to IBM to work in its sales division in Pittsburgh until 1973. In 1975, after graduating from Cornell University, Greene was hired by the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) to serve as a healthcare plan manager in Oakland, California. In 1978, he was promoted assistant administrator at Washington Memorial Hospital in New Jersey. In 1980, Greene moved to Atlanta, Georgia to serve as the chief executive officer of Southwest Medical Center. Three years later, he returned to New Jersey and became the chief operating officer of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Hospital. Greene relocated to Clearwater, Florida in 1984 to serve as H.C.A.’s regional operations director. In 1987, Greene was appointed executive director of H.C.A.’s EquiCor operation in Florida. He moved back to New York in 1990, and became the chief operating officer at University Hospital in Brooklyn, serving until 1998. From 1998 to 2000, Greene was vice president of Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, New Jersey. In 2002, the City of New York appointed Greene as the first Director of Health Services for the New York City Housing Authority where he served until 2012.
Greene serves as president of the Carver Scholarship Fund, which was founded by his father, Richard T. Greene, Sr., the former president of Carver Federal Savings Bank (Carver Bankcorp). He is on the board of the Carver Community Development Corporation, an affiliate of Carver Federal Savings Bank, volunteers with New York’s Children's Defense Fund, and served on the board of the New York Organ Donor Network, where he promoted and advocated for organ donation in communities of color. Greene also a co-founded the Brooklyn Parks Advocates organization during his tenure as a board member of the Prospect Park Alliance.
Greene married Diane Black in 1977, and the two reside in Brooklyn, New York. They are avid collectors of art and vintage books by African Americans, and have two children: Chelsea and Richard Greene, III.
Richard T. Greene, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 20, 2019.