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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.


2014 Social Enterprise Conference

Millennials Rising: What's Next for Sustainability?

When: October 31, 2014,
8:30 am-6:00pm

The Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10036

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The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. For updates on speakers and sessions, please visit the conference website.

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