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Diana Taylor ’80
Managing Director, Wolfensohn Fund, Management L.P., New York
Diana Taylor joined Wolfensohn & Co., an investment banking firm, as a managing director in April 2007. She has more than 20 years of experience serving in both the public and private sectors. From 2003 to 2007, Ms. Taylor held the position of superintendent of banks for the State of New York, a post to which she was nominated by Governor George Pataki and confirmed by the State Senate. From 1996 through 2003, she held various positions in the state government, including chief financial officer of the Long Island Power Authority and deputy secretary to the governor for housing and finance. She also worked for two years at KeySpan Energy as vice president for governmental and regulatory affairs.
Before her work in the public sector, Ms. Taylor was the founding partner of M.R. Beal and Company, a successful investment banking firm concentrating primarily in municipal bonds. She started her investment banking career as an associate at Smith Barney Harris Upham, moved on to Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb as a vice president, and then to Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette as a senior vice president.
Ms. Taylor serves on the board of directors of Sotheby’s, Brookfield Properties, Allianz Global Investors, and FNMA. In addition, she serves on several not-for-profit boards, including the YMCA of Greater New York, the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, Dartmouth College, the New York Women’s Foundation, and ACCION International. She chairs a commission for the Federal Depository Insurance Corporation concentrating on financially underserved communities. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ms. Taylor completed her AB at Dartmouth College, where she majored in economics. She earned her MBA in finance from Columbia Business School and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She resides in Manhattan.
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