Ida May Mantel
After Washington College, I worked mainly in aspects of international investment and finance. With an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University, I was first employed in the private sector in New York City with a trade association of major US multinational companies engaged in trade and investment abroad. I headed their activities focused on Pacific Asia and Middle East countries. Most of my career was with the federal government at the Commerce Department, and then Treasury Department where I worked on international banking and securities issues. I became a negotiator of financial services in international trade negotiations, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and later the Uruguay Round of International Trade Negotiations, which took me frequently to Geneva. In retirement I took up watercolor painting, golf, vegetable gardening, joined the local Garden Club and a book club, and remained involved with community activities and engaged in the financial affairs of my church, chairing and participating in its Finance and Investment Committees. I also worked as a volunteer in new church development, to assist an immigrant group from India and Burma to become a fully chartered church. I recently served on the President’s Leadership Council at Washington College.