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Diana L. Taylor
Diana L. Taylor MBA ’80
Diana Taylor is a managing director at Wolfensohn & Company, a private investment firm and an advisor to corporations and governments. She is actively involved in the firm’s consulting and advisory work as well as its private equity investment activities. Ms. Taylor was the former Superintendent of Banks for the State of New York, nominated by Governor George Pataki on April 25, 2003, and confirmed by the State Senate on June 10, 2003.
Ms. Taylor has more than 20 years of experience serving in both the public and private sectors. She has served as deputy secretary for finance and housing to Governor Pataki, chief financial officer for the Long Island Power Authority and vice president for governmental and regulatory affairs at KeySpan Energy.
Ms. Taylor was founding partner of M.R. Beal and Company, a successful investment banking firm concentrating primarily in municipal bonds. She also served in a variety of capacities within investment banks Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette, Lehman Brothers and Smith Barney Harris Upham.
Under her leadership, the Banking Department underwent essential change, including reorganizing the operating divisions along functional lines; creating a unit for financial education and community outreach; and reforming the way the department raises operating revenue and examines, supervises and regulates its licensed entities, mortgage bankers and brokers. Her philosophy was embodied in the department’s new mission statement: To allow the financial industry to expand and prosper through judicious regulation and vigilant supervision, to educate and protect consumers while promoting economic growth and ensuring that the financial system is safe and accessible to all.
Ms. Taylor serves on several nonprofit boards, including The After School Corporation (TASC), the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Empire State Development Corporation, the Hudson River Park Trust, Literacy Partners and the New York Women’s Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ms. Taylor graduated from Dartmouth College, where she majored in economics, and from Columbia Business School, where she majored in finance.
Social Enterprise Summer Fellows
“My experience working with communities in India and Africa, as well as on developing public-private partnerships with government and non-profit agencies, convinced me of the need for innovative approaches to international development”
“I see entrepreneurs as the key leverage point in development, so interning at Ashoka made perfect sense.”
Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy
“This internship matched my interest in harnessing the power and resources in the for profit sector to effect social change.”