Taft alumni have elected Diana Sands Calvaruso ’06 to serve her alma mater as the newest member of the Board of Trustees.
A native of Farmington, CT, Diana came to Taft as a lower mid to follow the family footsteps of grandfather Edward Van Vokenburgh Sands ’14, father Edward Van Vokenburgh Sands ’65, sister Kate Sands Mascarenhas ’98, and a number of cousins. The family’s enduring legacy places a Sands at Taft during the tenure of each of the school’s five headmasters.
While at Taft, Diana earned nine varsity letters playing field hockey, squash, and tennis. She also served as a corridor monitor and—inspired by the late Brian Denyer’s love of berets and crepes—spent a few unforgettable weeks with Taft in France. Diana won the history award both junior and senior years, and was inducted into cum laude.
Diana attended Northwestern University, where she earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy, graduating with departmental honors in Middle Eastern History. She served as vice president of administration for Kappa Alpha Theta, spent a semester in London studying philosophy at University College London, and played club team squash for Northwestern’s (otherwise!) all-male team. She later became the first squash player at Northwestern to be ranked nationally in both men’s and women’s squash.
After graduating in 2010, Diana worked in the Chicago office of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Private Wealth Management. Returning to the East Coast in 2012, she joined Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Global Fixed Income Team in New York. She was named vice president in 2016, and currently works in Fixed Income as a portfolio manager, responsible for representing taxable fixed income strategies to the private wealth management business nationally.
Diana has volunteered with inner city squash programs in Chicago and New York. She also works with Northwestern’s Chicago Field Studies program helping students prepare for job interviews, and serves as a mentor for Girls Who Invest, advising college-age women on careers in asset management.
Diana lives with her husband, John, and their two cats in Fort Lee, New Jersey.