Greek-American Lobbyist Tom Manatos Among Top DC Influencers

Greek-American Tom Manatos was recently selected by the National Journal as one of the top 50 people who are changing the political game in Washington D.C.

Manatos is included in a National Journal special report celebrating individuals whose work has an outsized impact in the American capital.

As the Journal notes, if one drops Tom Manatos’s name around Washington, the reaction is likely to be along the lines of “Tom Manatos got me my job!”

Since 2002, whether employed by Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic National Committee, or the private sector, Manatos has moonlighted as a matchmaker between Hill offices and job-seekers.

His, has become a bipartisan membership site that’s posted more than 20,000 jobs and internships over the past 12 months — about 400 new listings each week.

Since he jumped to the private sector in 2013, he joined the nascent Internet Association as it tried to bring members of Congress up to speed on technology issues, as well as Spotify, where serves as the Vice President of Government Relations, working out of Washington.

The Manatos family, which has its origins on the island of Crete, has made a significant contributions to American politics over the decades as well as to a number of Greek causes.

Manatos’ grandfather, Mike, worked for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson as their liaison to the U.S. Senate and was the first member of the Greek-American community to work in the White House as a Presidential advisor.

Manatos’ father, Andy, worked in the administration of President Carter as Assistant Secretary of Commerce, and is the CEO of the public policy firm Manatos and Manatos. He also serves on the board of several Hellenic organizations.

Andy Manatos was presented with the the St. Paul Medal, the highest recognition from the Archbishop of America, and was also appointed to the Order of St. Andrew by the Ecumenical Patriarch, the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide.