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Diane Coogan-Pushner, PhD, CFA
Office Location: Powdermaker Hall 331
Telephone: (718) 997-5457
Fax: (718) 997-5535


Diane Coogan-Pushner is Distinguished Lecturer at Queens College, City University of New York and Director of the Graduate Program in Risk Management. Diane has also served as the Associate Dean for Business for the College. An accomplished financial services professional with track record of leadership, Diane has strong executive capabilities, having created and run profitable programs, practice areas, and business units working collaboratively across functions in a variety of institutions. She was Managing Director at Swiss Re, and closed over one billion dollars of structured reinsurance transactions helping clients transfer risk and manage their balance sheets. Diane was Portfolio manager for the longest running US equity hedge fund for the financial services sector, and portfolio manager for a private equity fund dedicated to financial services. Diane created and led the Value Based Management practice for financial services clients at PwC, developing valuation and risk models in support of transactions and other value based management engagements.  She led forecasting, planning and corporate strategy for AT&T’s $18 billion consumer markets, reporting to the CFO, with responsibilities for earnings attribution, investigation of earnings anomalies, and cash flow shortfalls. Diane has served as a member of S&P's Insurance Advisory Council, and served as a director of an insurance company. She currently provides asset management and risk management consulting services to institutions. Diane began her career at the World Bank on a project to recapitalize the banking sector in Uganda. She has published research on topics of risk and investment performance and is the co-author of The Handbook of Credit Risk Management. Diane earned her PhD in economics from Boston University in 1992 and wrote her dissertation on insurance profit cycles. Diane is a CFA charter holder.

Schools Attended:
Ph.D., Economics, Boston University. CFA


The Handbook of Credit Risk Management, co-authored with Sylvain Bouteille, John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Risk and Return of Industrial Development Bonds,” Municipal Finance Journal, forthcoming, Spring, 2016.

“The Performance of Active Management of Institutional Credit Funds” Conference Proceedings, 5th FSI Symposium, St. John’s University, 2010.  

“Performance of European Focused Mutual Funds,” American Business Review, with G. Pushner, and R. Rainish, 2001.

“Pacific Basin Mutual Fund Performance” with G. Pushner, in Advances in Pacific Basin Finance, 1998.


Loss Reserving Errors and Persistence of Shocks in Insurance Profits, Ph.D. dissertation, 1991.

Other Papers and Articles:

The Threat of Losing the AAA is Self-Fulfilling,” 2011, Finance Professional’s Post, NYSSA.

“Managing for Value in Insurance Companies,” 1998, with P. Licht & B. Lynch, Price Waterhouse White Paper Series, Price Waterhouse, LLP.  

Break With Tradition - Manage For Value.” with Peter Licht and Brian Lynch, National Underwriter / Life & Health Financial Services. July 20 1998, Vol. 102 Issue 29, p21.

Break With Tradition - Manage For Value.” with Peter Licht and Brian Lynch, National Underwriter / Property & Casualty Risk & Benefits Management. September 1998, Vol. 102 Issue 36, p67.

“Adjustment Lending Conditionality and Implementation Data: An Analytical Guide,” 1990, with H. Hettige, The World Bank Working Paper Series No. 28. 

Selected Press Coverage:

“Econ experts warn against fear over stock market woes,” AM New York, August 24, 2015.

“Boro pre-foreclosures approach record high” Times Ledger, October 11, 2012.

“Fear keeps many buyers in market.” Business Insurance, June 11, 2007, Vol. 41(24), p.14.

Largest P/C insurers post profitable quarter; Despite pricing pressures, combined net income up 24.1.” Business Insurance, June 4, 2007.

Reinsurers report strong results, but prices expected to fall in 2007; Low losses last year means more capacity for buyers this year.” Business Insurance, April 2, 2007.

Reinsurance vehicles differ in design, but all provide form of risk transfer; No single product dominates industry's menu of alternatives.” Business Insurance, November 6, 2006.

P-C Insurers Still In M&A Slump.” National Underwriter Property & Casualty-Risk & Benefits Management Edition, April 18, 2001.

Buyout Firm Calls Nonlife Insurers A Good Buy in Tech-Heavy Market.” Best's Review, September 1, 2000.

Buyout Firm Sees Good Value in Nonlife Insurers.” Bestwire, July 21, 2000.

Movers” Investment News, January 31, 2000 

Courses I Teach/Have Taught:
Corporate Finance
Risk Management: Applied Dynamic Financial Analysis, Enterprise Risk Management 
Diane Coogan-Pushner, PhD, CFA


 Office Information


Office Hours:
Monday- Thursday - 11am-7pm
Friday - 10am-6pm
For more information, please contact Elvira Casper at

Program Director:

Cara Marshall, PhD
Monday - 9:30pm-10:30pm
Wednesday - 8:00pm-10:00pm
Also available by appointment
Powdermaker Hall, Room 306F
(718) 997-5387​

Program Coordinator:

Elvira Casper
Powdermaker Hall, Room 331
(718) 997-5507


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