Wired Strategies About John Aravosis
President & Founder
Wired Strategies


"Aravosis has taken stories that might have been ignored and made them front page."
- The Net Effect: How Cyberadvocacy is Changing the Political Landscape, 1999

John Aravosis is a Washington veteran.  As a lawyer, writer and political strategist, he has provided counsel on political, technological, and legal issues to the federal government, non-profit organizations, the media and private industry. With over ten year's experience in both public policy and technology, Aravosis is uniquely positioned to help organizations apply the Internet and advanced communications technology to their daily work and long-term mission. 

Advocacy

Before starting Wired Strategies, Aravosis served as the "online organizer" at the Children's Defense Fund (CDF). At CDF, John Aravosis devised and implemented the online strategy for the successful CHILD Act campaign, gaining the passage of a new $24 billion federal program to assist uninsured children. He was also responsible for creating and managing one of the nation's earliest, largest and most effective child advocacy email/fax networks -- providing policy information and action steps to over 5,000 child advocacy organizations, media representatives, government agencies and concerned citizens from Tennessee to Tanzania.  The success of CDF's online network is discussed in the book NetActivism, by O'Reilly & Associates. In addition, CDF's home page -- with Aravosis' assistance -- was recognized by YAHOO! as one of the Web's top sites. 

Media

John Aravosis has appeared on ABC's World News Tonight, CNBC's HardBall with Chris Matthews and The Squawk Box, FOX's O'Reilly Factor, the Montel Williams Show, the BBC, the Voice of America, and National Public Radio, and in the Washington Post, New York Times, Associated Press, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, MSNBC, CNet, and a variety of other media outlets. His public commentary on Internet advocacy, online privacy issues, and US politics includes talks and workshops at the annual Points of Light Conference, the American Society of Association Executives, the National Education Association, Georgetown University, American University, HandsNet, the Public Relations Society of America, InterAction, and Hogan & Hartson law firm. Aravosis is also co-author of the online advocacy chapters of two books about the Internet and non-profits, is the subject of a chapter in the new book The Net Effect: How Cyberadvocacy is Changing the Political Landscape.  Aravosis is also a professional writer, and has been published in the Economist, the New Republic, the New York Daily News, About.com and more.

Politics

In addition to his expertise in online strategy, Aravosis has significant political experience, having served five years as a legislative attorney for US Senator Ted Stevens, and assisting on the campaigns of Senators Ted Kennedy and Chuck Robb. He also has a long record of international experience, having worked with the World Bank, the Lyonnaise des Eaux in France, the US Embassy in Argentina, the Italian Embassy in Washington, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, the City of Barcelona, non-governmental organizations in Cote d'Ivoire, and for the US Department of State in Morocco, Indonesia, France, and Italy.  In addition to English, Aravosis speaks Spanish, French, Italian and Greek. 

Wired Strategies' current and past clients include the US Department of State, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the United States Information Agency, Priceline.com, MicroStrategy, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, the Widmeyer-Baker Group, the Georgetown University Law Center, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, America's Promise, the National Education Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, and AFSCME.

Wired Strategies also helps a number of international clients, having:

  • Conducted online strategy trainings and seminars in France and Italy;
  • Designed an Internet strategy for the City of Barcelona, Spain;
  • Developed an international online campaign for a European-based non-profit;
  • Trained non-profits in Cote d'Ivoire and Indonesia in online strategies.

John Aravosis has a Juris Doctor and Master's in Foreign Service (1989) from Georgetown University (where he studied under former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright), a degree from the University of Paris, and a BA in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois. 

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