Gerald P Carmen

Graduating class of 1948

Ambassador Gerald P. Carmen, Central High 48 and the University of New Hampshire '52, is Vice Chairman of the Carmen Group and Managing Director of the Carmen Group International. Long active in Republican politics, Carmen served as the New Hampshire GOP chairman for three consecutive terms and he was instrumental in Ronald Reagan’s sweeping victory in the 1980 New Hampshire primary which launched the former California governor into the White House. From 1981 to 1984 Ambassador Carmen was the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), the 30,000 employee business arm of the U.S. government. Appointed by President Reagan, Carmen later became the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations office and other international organizations in Geneva from May 1, 1984 until August 31, 1986. During his tenure in Geneva, he was visited by a group of students from Central High. From August 1986 to May 1988 Ambassador Carmen served as the National Chairman of Citizens for America, a nationwide grassroots lobbying effort for President Reagan’s agenda. The Ambassador also held a position on its Board of Directors during that time. In 1989, Carmen was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Asset Disposition Association (FADA), the predecessor of the current Resolution Trust Corporation. Presently, Ambassador Carmen sits on the Board of Directors of Northeast Savings Bank and Nostalgia Network, Inc. He was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Gruen Marketing Corp., and the Board of Advisors of International Educational Mission. A strong advocate of quality education programs and initiatives, Ambassador Carmen served on the New Hampshire State Vocational Advisory Committee, which was responsible for establishing “skill schools” around the state, and also served as a Director of Manchester J.O.B.S., Inc., a public–private sector corporate training program. He was the first chairman of the NH Housing Authority. He is married to Anita Saidel, and they have two children, David and Mindy.