Dec 23, 2022
This week Jim chats with Tom Manatos from Block about his oversight of his noted D.C.-area job aggregator website as well as his tips for networking in the Capitol.
Tom Manatos is the Head of Federal Affairs at Block, a company that includes Square, Cash App, TIDAL, TBD and Spiral. He previously served as Vice President of Government Relations at Spotify and Vice President of Government Affairs at the Internet Association. In these roles he coordinates policy development and advocacy on a broad range of issues in the technology and financial services industries.
Before joining the tech, financial services and music worlds, Manatos was a Senior Advisor to both the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as a liaison to Members of Congress, Senators, local elected officials and outside stakeholders. Tom has also spent time working on two Presidential Campaigns, a Presidential Inaugural, four Democratic conventions and numerous Congressional campaigns.
Early in his career, Tom developed a passion of helping people find jobs on Capitol Hill and in politics. Feeling he was in a privileged opportunity working in a Capitol Hill leadership office, Tom decided to help fellow young professionals who were interested in politics and government by sending out a daily email of job and internship openings. As time went on, the word spread and the list grew. Tom’s list quickly became the top political, policy and government job service in the country helping thousands of people find jobs. Tom and his wife Dana, who is a Republican, run TomManatosJobs.com, a nonpartisan jobs service where hundreds of jobs in the government, non-profit, campaign and private sectors are posted each week.
A native of the Washington, DC area, Manatos holds a degree in communications from Cornell University and a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University. In 2008, Tom married Dana Edwards who worked for President Bush in the White House Office of Public Liaison and the Presidential Advance Office and is Founder and CEO of The Milkshake Factory. Tom and Dana reside in Bethesda, MD with their three children.
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