Meet the Capitol Hill insider who built a 21,000-subscriber newsletter as a side gig to help political hopefuls land jobs

Tom Manatos

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Tom Manatos is a true Capitol Hill insider.

He used to be the senior advisor for member services for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, where he was one of the Speaker’s chief liaisons to members of Congress and their staff on legislative, communications, and political matters. He worked with Pelosi for nine years, then moved on to become the senior advisor to the chair at the Democratic National Committee. His paternal grandfather was the first Greek American to work in the White House under John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and he’s married to a Republican who worked for George W. Bush’s White House. 

Yet, in the power center of Washington, DC, he’s more well known as the man behind Tom Manatos Jobs, the popular jobs list that alerts political career hopefuls to employment opportunities on Capitol Hill and beyond. 

“Through this list,” Manatos told Business Insider, “employers get high-quality individuals, since it takes a certain type of driven individual who wants to work on Capitol Hill or in politics.” 

While there are certainly other political job lists out there, “this is the best-known job listserv in DC,” Megan McCorquodale, who currently works on the Hill and landed her internship at Tesla through Tom Manatos Jobs, told Business Insider. “There have been multiple times people I know have used his site to find jobs and internships.” 

In January 2019, when McCorquodale was looking for summer internships as an undergraduate student at George Washington University, she came across an internship posting with Tesla’s policy team on Tom Manatos Jobs. After submitting her application, she noticed that she had a common connection with Manatos who worked at Tesla. She reached out to Manatos, who made an introduction. The next day, Megan was interviewing with the company and eventually landed an internship, which later turned into a job offer. 

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Building up referrals and job opportunities 

Unlike those who run other commercial job lists, Manatos takes a personal interest in the career development of people interested in politics — perhaps because his job list didn’t start off as a business. 

When he was working on Capitol Hill in 2002, Manatos was on several internal email lists. On the Hill, he said, there are different email distribution lists for many different groups. For example, there’s a Democratic chiefs of staff (COS) list, Democratic legislative directors (LD) list, Democratic schedulers list, staff directors (heads of committees) list, bipartisan COS list, and others. Staffers in a leadership office, even entry-level employees, are subscribed to all these lists. 

At the time, Republicans controlled the House, the Senate, and the White House, so there were few jobs open for Democrats that people knew about, he said. So, Manatos started sending people announcements, spreading the word about available jobs and internships he heard of. 

The first daily email he created didn’t have a set format and was sent from his Hotmail account, where he’d simply cut and pasted all the postings he found from different email distribution lists.

This was before the social media days — …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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