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

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

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