The Delicious Life Of Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa

She Managed The White House Nuclear Energy Budget

Ina at Conference
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In the early ’70s, Garten returned to education. Although she had studied at Syracuse University previously, she put her degree on hold to get married and follow her husband in his military career. By 1972 she was situated in Washington D.C and was in the process of earning an MBA at George Washington University.

Initially, Garten was hired at the White House in a menial role, but she soon climbed up the ladder to the Office of Management and Budget. While at home Garten loved cooking up a storm in the kitchen, but at work, she was busy writing the nuclear energy budget and policy papers on nuclear centrifuge plants for Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.