Diana has over 25 years of experience backing and building sustainability market leaders and purpose-led companies. She focuses on identifying and evaluating acquisition opportunities and partnering with Cranemere’s operating companies on strengthening their environmental and social performance to build business value. Prior to Cranemere, Diana was co-managing partner at Expansion Capital Partners, providing growth capital and was a board member of companies in sustainability markets including green building, energy services, and resource efficiency. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts Summa Cum Laude from Duke University.
My upbringing influenced who I am today because I am the child of immigrants and grew up in the U.S. speaking several languages and my extended family overseas. I learned early on that there were many perspectives in life and it was important to put myself in other people’s shoes to understand and learn from the diversity of views. I realized at an early age that there was no “normal” or “right or wrong perspective” and this helped me become a more empathetic person.
If I weren’t in finance, I’d be a photographer. I am an insatiably curious person and love learning about other cultures. Photography is about observing and learning new insights. I would also spend half my time as a wilderness and photographer of nature. There is nothing more inspiring, moving and humbling than photographing nature’s great gifts.
What motivates me most is harnessing the power of business and capital to address some of our toughest challenges – climate change and social and economic inequities. I joined Cranemere because being a long term owner of companies is the best way to fully capture the opportunity to partner with sustainability and social impact leading companies and to more fully harness the business value from ESG initiatives within companies.
I am a big fan of baseball. My older brother made me a diehard NY Yankees fan but given my youngest son’s passion for the LA Dodgers, I’ve achieved the difficult feat of being a loyal fan of both teams!