Top US Policymakers Mentor Greek-American Students in 5th Annual Heritage America Program

WASHINGTON, DC, July 31, 2020 – Some of the most prominent current and former US policymakers and opinion leaders met with some of the best and brightest Greek-American students across the country during the 5th Annual Heritage America Program July 8-10, 2020. In all 44 speakers shared with these students, in intimate online discussions, how Hellenic and Orthodox principles and ideals helped them achieve success. This program is hosted every year by the National Hellenic Society (NHS) and Manatos & Manatos.

Speakers in the 2020 Heritage America Program included:

Senior US Officials:

  • First US Director of National Intelligence & former Deputy Secretary of State Ambassador John Negroponte
  • Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Global Forces Admiral James Stavridis
  • Former CIA Director George Tenet
  • Former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta

Greek-American Members of Congress:

  • Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
  • Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH)
  • Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD)
  • Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV)


  • ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos
  • President of NowThis (world’s #1 video news publisher) Athan Stephanopoulos
  • New York Times White House Correspondent Peter Baker
  • Fox News Channel Chief Congressional Correspondent Mike Emanuel
  • Former Fox 5 News Anchor and Reporter Laura Evans Manatos

Representatives of Greece, Cyprus and the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the US:

  • Ambassador of Greece to the US Alexandra Papadopoulou
  • Ambassador of Cyprus to the US Marios Lysiotis
  • Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

National Hellenic Society Leadership:

  • Founder George Marcus
  • Chairman Drake Behrakis
  • Executive Director Art Dimopoulos

Business Leaders:

  • Baltimore Orioles EVP & Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) Pres. & COO John Angelos
  • Georgetown Cupcakes founders Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne & Katherine Kallinis Berman

Senior White House Officials:

  • Highest-ranking Greek-American in the Administration, White House Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios
  • Former Deputy Counsel to President & US Court of Appeals Circuit Judge Greg Katsas
  • Former Deputy Counsel to the Vice President & Judge, US Court of Federal Claims Eleni Roumel Olmem
  • Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs Tommy Andrews
  • Special Asst. to the President & Dir. of Ops, White House Office of Public Liaison Alexandra Veletsis

Former Trump Administration Officials

  • Former Acting US Chief of Protocol Michael Karloutsos
  • Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Advance George Gigicos
  • Former Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Liaison George Sifakis
  • Former FDA Associate Commissioner for External Affairs Jack Kalavritinos
  • Former Special Assistant to President for Legislative Affairs Alex Angelson
  • Former White House Council of Economic Advisors Associate Chief of Staff Nicole Korkos

US Congress Senior Staff – current and former

  • Former National Security Advisor to the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) Jeff Dressler
  • Senior Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Kenneth DeGraff
  • Chief of Staff for Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) Elizabeth Hittos
  • Chief of Staff for Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) Peter Karafotas
  • Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Bethany Poulos
  • Legislative Assistant to Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) Sam Muloplos
  • President of the Greek-American Congressional Staffers Association Helena Mastrogiannis Schwarz


  • K&L Gates Partner Manny Rouvelas
  • Manatos & Manatos CEO Andy Manatos
  • Manatos & Manatos President Mike Manatos
  • UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations Jennifer Poulakidas

A list of 2019 speakers can be found here.
A list of 2018 speakers can be found here.
A list of 2017 speakers can be found here.
A list of 2016 speakers can be found here.

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