Diana L. Taylor

Diana L. Taylor ’80
Vice Chair, Solera Capital LLC, New York

Diana L. Taylor is the vice chair of Solera Capital, private equity firm located in New York City, and has more than 20 years of experience serving in both the public and private sectors. Previously, from 2007 to 2014, Ms. Taylor worked as a managing director for Wolfensohn & Co., an New York investment banking firm. From 2003 to 2007, she 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, Ms. Taylor 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, Citigroup Inc., Citibank NA, and Brookfield Properties. In addition, she serves on several not-for-profit boards, including ACCION International, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, Hudson River Park Trust, ideas42, the International Women's Health Coalition, the Mayo Clinic, and as member emeritus of the YMCA of Greater New York. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Economic Club of New York, and the Women's Forum.

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.