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Mike Manatos has orchestrated efforts that 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. This record of success for clients’ issues has attracted some of the world’s and America’s leading individuals and organizations to ask Manatos & Manatos to oversee the handling of their issues in Washington, D.C.
Over 25 years of demonstrated integrity and credibility, he has built relationships of trust with policymakers from both political parties.
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 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.
In 2006, Manatos was appointed by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (the spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide) to the position of “Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,” the oldest and highest honor in Christendom, given to a select few around the world. In 2008, he was appointed by the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America to serve on the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. In 2009, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Leadership 100, an organization of many of the most prominent and successful Greek-Americans across the country affiliated with the Greek Orthodox Church. In 2015, he became a member of the Leadership 100 Executive Committee. In 2014, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Hellenic Society, an organization of distinguished and accomplished Hellenes dedicated to preserving Hellenic heritage, values and ideals. In 2014, he joined the Board of Directors of Project Mexico & St. Innocent Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico that builds hope for boys without families and families without homes, by raising orphaned boys through the church and building homes for the poor. He has three times been elected to the parish council of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, Maryland (an over 1,000 family parish), and has twice served on the council’s executive committee.
He is also dedicated to several charities and community organizations, the first of which is the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that brings hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families by granting the child’s one true wish. In 1997, he began his affiliation with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic. In 2008, he was appointed to the Board of Directors and in 2015, he joined the Board’s Executive Committee as Treasurer. He has personally raised over $835,000 and granted the wishes of over 112 children, competing in the Foundation’s annual triathlon the last 18 years. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Washington First Bank.
Manatos was selected as one of 480 in the U.S. to carry the Olympic Torch for the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece. In his free time, he trains for and competes in triathlons, having raced in over 40, including one Ironman 70.3 triathlon.
In 2008, Manatos was selected to participate in the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Leadership Seminar – a program that promotes dialogue among emerging world leaders and cultivates an ongoing network.
He graduated from Princeton University in 1990 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs, with a major in Political Science and minor in Hellenic Studies. He was quarterback and “outstanding offensive player” of the Princeton Lightweight Football Team and 1989 league champions.
Born in Washington, D.C., Manatos has lived in the D.C. area all of his life. He is married to Laura Evans Manatos, an anchor for Fox 5 News in Washington, D.C. They have three children – Sienna (10), Andrea (8) and Lucas (5).
Updated October 2015