Mike Manatos has achieved remarkable results in the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and the Executive Branch on behalf of his clients for over 32 years. For over 86 years, the Manatos family has been working with top US policymakers, both Republicans and Democrats, formulating US policy. This record of success has drawn major organizations and leaders to seek out Manatos & Manatos to handle their issues in Washington, D.C.
Through his demonstrated integrity and credibility, Mike has built relationships of trust with policymakers on both sides of the isle. He has a unique knowledge of the nuances of Washington’s complex policy and political processes, as he and his family have spent their entire careers understanding how Washington works.
Mike is invited to speak at events across the country about issues involving Washington’s policy process and to introduce top US policymakers.
Politico named Mike one of “DC’s most powerful siblings.” Greek-America Magazine listed him as one of the “25 most intriguing people of Greek-America”, along with Arianna Huffington, Zach Galifianakis, and Senator Olympia Snowe. Mike and his wife Laura received the inaugural “Parents of the Year” Award from the Loukoumi Make a Difference Foundation in 2019. Mike and Laura were selected as one of Washington Life magazine’s “Philanthropic 50” in 2020.
Mike has also served as Executive Director of the Washington Oxi Day Foundation since 2011.
Mike serves on a number of boards including:
- Chairman of the Board, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic (board since 2016/Chair since 2019)
- Executive Board of Trustees, Leadership 100 (board since 2010/Exec. Comm. since 2014)
- Executive Board of Directors, National Hellenic Society (board since 2014/Exec. Comm. since 2017)
- Archdiocesan Council, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (since 2008)
- Board of Directors, National Hellenic Student Association (since 2017)
- Board of Directors, Project Mexico & St. Innocent Orphanage (since 2011)
Mike served previously on the:
- Advisory Board, Washington First Bank
- Advisory Board, See Forever Foundation
- Board of Directors, St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Since he began his affiliation with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic in 1997, he has worked as a Board Member, wish granter, ambassador and has personally raised over $1,500,000 and granted the wishes of over 200 children.
Mike was appointed in 2006 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. He serves as Chairman of the Archon Government Affairs Committee. Since 2008, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America has appointed Mike to serve on its National Council.
He graduated from Princeton University in 1990 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs, with a minor in Hellenic Studies. In 2008, Mike was selected to participate in the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Leadership Seminar – a program promoting dialogue among emerging world leaders and cultivating an ongoing network.
Mike 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 endurance races such as triathlons, marathons and century rides, and has raced in over 50 triathlons, including an Ironman 70.3 triathlon. In 2019, he won the DC Dancing Stars competition, raising over $85,000 for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.
Mike has lived in the D.C. area all of his life. He is married to Laura Evans Manatos, an 18-year anchor and reporter for Fox 5 News in Washington, D.C., and currently President of Laura Evans Media. They have three children – Sienna (16), Andrea (14) and Lucas (12).