Ted Anastasiou, Esq.
government relations attorney, Mercury LLC
Founding Member, Hellenic American Leadership Council
Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative is pleased to present this month's featured Hellenic Young Professional! The goal of our publications is to provide positive, successful role models who will inspire the next generation of young professionals. Preliminary criteria for YPM candidates is that they are actively engaged in an entrepreneurial initiative or have made a successful career for themselves, thereby serving as strong role models to the next generation of young professionals. Candidates are typically of Hellenic origin and part of a humanitarian (educational, sociological, scientific, etc.) or environmentally-conscious field. Given the gradual expansion of our readership, we currently interview candidates who embrace a specific Hellenic philosophy best described in a word: Philotimo (φιλότιμο). The most important qualifications all our candidates share are the spirit and compassion to persevere, and the heart to share their knowledge and experience with others.
Ted Anastasiou, Esq. (JD, Brooklyn Law School (2012, full merit scholarship); BA, Political Science, NYU (2007)) is Regional Senior VP and Associate General Counsel at Mercury LLC, representing national and international companies in hospitality, technology, energy, fashion and other consumer products. He is also Founder of Politech LLC, a political technology company with over 100 clients in 33 states; Omnicom, Inc. and Mercury Public Affairs acquired 40% of Politech in 2019.
Ted is also a founding member of the Hellenic American Leadership Council. His views on American politics appear in Greek documentaries and newspapers.
Before joining Mercury, Ted was Senior Counsel and National Director of Government Relations for Wyndham Destinations. Prior to entering the private sector, Ted was Assistant Counsel for the NYS Department of Financial Services in the Cuomo Administration (2013-2016), developing new legislation and enforcement actions for banking, real estate, insurance, and virtual currency industries. He was also a speechwriter for senior agency leaders and an advisor on Cuomo’s 2010 campaign. Ted served in both of President Obama's election campaigns (Deputy Counsel of Voter Protection for Pennsylvania (2012); staffer (2008)). He also worked with the G.O. Archdiocese of America and government officials on various issues including their response to NYC’s proposed fur ban.
As a law student, Ted was Chair of the Law Students Democratic National Committee, representing students from 95 schools.
CREDIT & RECOGNITION: Many thanks to Ted Anastasiou for sharing this story with us and to all those at Mercury LLC who took the time to prepare the above. In recognition of his community outreach, he will be one of Philo4Thought's 2020 Hellenic Young Professional Award Recipients.