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Andy Manatos has set numerous records in the policymaking process of the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and the Executive Branch as he moved clients’ issues forward. His extensive experience includes his time as the youngest Presidential advanceman for President Lyndon Johnson, as the youngest U.S. Senate Committee Staff Director and as the youngest Assistant Secretary in the Carter Administration. His record of success for clients’ issues has attracted some of the world’s and America’s leading individuals and organizations to ask him to oversee the handling of their issues in Washington, D.C.
His effectiveness stems from the relationships of trust he has built with policymakers from both political parties. This is the result of decades of demonstrated integrity and credibility. He was selected as one of the 100 most influential people in private sector Washington by Regardies Magazine.
Mr. Manatos’ high success rate also results from his extraordinary level of commitment to clients, which is something rare to Washington. The individuals with the clout that the client meets at the first meeting are the same people who will move their issue forward on a daily basis. He refuses Washington’s common practice of turning over to junior employees the implementation of clients’ issues. His unique commitment is reflected in a Roll Call newspaper article that listed him as #17 among over 10,000 registered lobbyists in the amount he personally contributed politically, instead of using his clients’ contributions.
His unique knowledge of the nuances of Washington’s complex policy and political processes stems from his family, which has been involved in high-level policy development for over one-third of the history of our capitol city. Mr. Manatos has a demonstrated ability to translate complex issues into congressionally digestible data and find creative paths through both the political and the policy process. The Hill newspaper listed him in 2009 as #1 in Washington in terms of political fundraising.
Mr. Manatos has an extraordinary record of accomplishments for client issues. He has led the legislative fight that invoked cloture in the U.S. Senate for only the 13th time in history; created an annual meeting with the President of the United States; moved two Presidents to overrule their cabinet members’ publicly announced policies; defeated an Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman in his own Subcommittee; secured the signatures on a letter of more members of a full Committee than any letter in Committee memory and secured more cosponsors on a bill than any bill on record.
Furthermore, Mr. Manatos: played a significant role in the creation of a grass roots lobby that has been described by Presidents as one of the most powerful in America; reversed a subcommittee vote in one day with the placement of an op-ed; led the fight wherein the Congress overruled the Executive Branch on a foreign affairs matter for one of the few times in modern history; created the only award presented by the U.S. Senate; created the only White House Conference allowed by one administration; secured the use of the Capitol rotunda for only the second time in history for a living person; secured a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the Congress, for a client; and secured the year’s record $2 billion appropriation for a client.
In addition, Mr. Manatos created and subsidized a not-for-profit organization that distributes to high schools across America over 25,000 award-winning, civic educational videotapes each year, viewed by over 30 million students. He raises over $1.5 million per year for these award-winning videotapes that feature nationally known figures such as Secretary of State Colin Powell; author and daughter of President John Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy; Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and others.
He has been a guest op-ed writer for the The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers. As well, he co-hosts with President Bill Clinton an annual dinner to benefit the THEA Foundation, on whose board he serves.
For decades, the Greek Orthodox Church of America has appointed Manatos to its National Council. The Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul, Turkey, who heads over 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, appointed Manatos to the Order of St. Andrew, and the Order selected him to head one of its regions. He is a board member and treasurer of the Society for the Preservation of Greek Heritage (SPGH), a cultural organization that frequently presents seminars with the Smithsonian Institution. He serves with President Bill Clinton on the board of the THEA Foundation, for which Manatos hosts an annual dinner in Washington, D.C. that raises significant funds for the foundation.
Born in Washington, D.C., Manatos has lived in the D.C. area all of his life. He is married to Tina Manatos. They have four adult aged sons — Mike, Nick, Tom and George — and six grandchildren.
Updated August 2010