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The Political Life - from campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between. A show about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

Hosted by Jim O'Brien, The Political Life introduces you to the personalities and "day in the life" experiences of some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals in the field. 

Apr 22, 2019

Tom Manatos is the Vice President of Government Relations at Spotify. Spotify is the world’s most popular music streaming subscription service with a community of 207 million users, including 96 million subscribers, across 79 markets. They are the largest driver of revenue to the music business today.

Tom is also the founder of Tom Manatos Jobs - one of the top jobs lists on Capitol Hill and in Washington D.C. In this episode, Tom shares his extensive experiences in politics, such as working for the Speaker of the House and the DNC.

  • Tom Manatos is from Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Tom graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Communications, and received an M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University.
  • He was a Senate Page at 16, waking up Senator Ted Kennedy from naps to go vote.
  • Tom worked for Nancy Pelosi from 2002-2011, starting as an intern in her office when she was the House Whip, and ending as Senior Advisor for Member Services when she was Speaker of the House.
  • Tom served as Senior Advisor to the Democratic National Committee Chair.
  • He served as the Deputy Director of Protocol on the Presidential Inaugural Committee for Barack Obama in 2012.
  • Tom then worked as the Vice President, Federal Government Affairs at the Internet Association.

On working for Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “From a historical perspective, I got to see members of congress reacting to a woman telling them what to do, and encouraging them what to do for the first time, and that was incredible.”

Tom created an email-based jobs list while working on the Hill, whereby he would forward job postings to folks looking for jobs in the D.C. area. After leaving the Hill, he created Tom Manatos Jobs one of the go-to job sites in D.C. The site now has over 14,000 subscribers, sharing bipartisan job openings. We encourage listeners and anyone looking for jobs or internships to check it out! You can receive daily emails with new jobs openings every day.

At Spotify, Tom manages the federal government affairs operations in D.C. Spotify offers music and tech internships with applications opening in the fall for the following summer.

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