Customer Experience Advisory Council Member Profile
Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
President & CEO
Areas of Expertise
• Self-directed and driven business executive with proven record of success in leading growth, operations, finance, investment, revenue, and cross-functional teams. • Innovative thinker with strong strategic planning, budget, human resources
President and Chief Executive Officer
Managing Director, Accelerator Fund
Diana Cugliari serves as President and CEO of Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), a non-profit economic development organization focused on assisting life science startup companies.
In addition to directing PLSG’s operations and overall trajectory, Ms. Cugliari is Managing Director of the Accelerator Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on high-impact investments in the life sciences and health care sectors.
Before stepping into the role of CEO, Ms. Cugliari served as Vice President of Finance for PLSG and Director of the Accelerator Fund. Her sharp business acumen and vast experience have guided portfolio companies to success.
Previously she served as Senior Investment Manager at PLSG and was responsible for providing strategic and tactical guidance during a partnering company’s crucial formative stages, while simultaneously managing the fundamental business strategy for PLSG’s expanding roster of portfolio companies and identifying funding strategies and sources of potential capital.
Prior to joining PLSG, Ms. Cugliari founded and operated The Money Tree Financial Corporation, a startup company providing mortgage banking products and solutions and commercial financing products. During her tenure there, she expanded the company’s footprint from a one-state licensed mortgage broker to a 10-state mortgage banking operation generating annual sales in excess of $170 million.
Ms. Cugliari earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Business Administration degree from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.