Diana Taylor

Senior Adviser


Ms. Taylor is a Senior Adviser to WFM and a member of the Fund’s Investment Committee.  From 2003 to 2007, Ms. Taylor was Superintendent of Banks for New York State.  In this capacity, she was responsible for overseeing the regulation for over 3,500 financial institutions with assets totaling over $1.5 trillion, including the New York State chartered banking institutions, and over 80% of the foreign banks that do business in the United States.  In addition, she oversaw the regulation of the mortgage industry, and money service businesses, such as check cashers and money transmitters.  Prior to her appointment as Superintendent of Banks by Governor Pataki, Ms. Taylor was the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Finance and Housing.  Before that, Ms. Taylor worked for several years in the energy business, first as Vice President of KeySpan Energy and then as Chief Financial Officer of the Long Island Power Authority.  She started her career as an investment banker with Smith Barney, then with Lehman Brothers and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette.  She was a founding partner of M. R. Beal & Co., a successful investment banking firm concentrating primarily in municipal bonds.  She earned her AB at Dartmouth College, followed by her MBA and MPH at Columbia University.