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Guest Speaker Biography - Diana L. Taylor

Last Updated: February 23, 2011

Diana L. Taylor was named Managing Director, Wolfensohn & Company, L.L.C. in 2007 after having served four years as the Superintendent of Banks for the State of New York to which she was appointed by Governor Pataki. She began her career in the private sector, working as an investment banker, first for Smith Barney, Harris Upham, then Lehman Brothers, Kuhn Loeb, then as Senior Vice President at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. She went on to become a founding partner of M. R. Beal & Company, a boutique investment banking firm which specializes in municipal finance.

Ms. Taylor serves on several non-profit boards including The After School Corporation, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the YMCA of Greater New York, the Empire State Development Corporation, the Hudson River Park Trust, Literacy Partners, the New York Women's Foundation, and the International Women's Health Coalition. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated from Dartmouth College where she majored in economics. She received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and her Masters in Public Health from the Mailman School at Columbia University.