Matthew Klink

Partner

Matt Klink has more than three decades of experience working on complex, controversial and high-profile issues for public and private sector clients, as well as candidates for elected office and ballot measure campaigns. Matt recently served as lead consultant in opposition to a controversial property tax measure in the greater Los Angeles area. Outspent by more than 6:1 and facing widespread support from area politicians, Klink developed and implemented a highly targeted opposition campaign that held the initiative’s proponents to 46% of the vote (the initiative needed 66.7% to pass). He has also successfully worked on some of the highest-profile statewide initiatives in the last three elections.

Throughout his career, Matt has worked for numerous heavily regulated and taxed clients encompassing a range of industries and subjects, including automotive, cable, energy, fast-moving consumer goods, finance, healthcare/pharmaceutical, oil and natural gas, retail, shipping, sports and entertainment, telecommunications, water and other regulated and taxed industries. Additionally, Klink has worked on candidate and initiative campaigns at multiple levels of government, where he has performed a variety of roles that include general consulting, campaign management, media consulting, campaign spokesperson, direct mail design and production, and coalition building.

Matt is an adept communicator skilled at crafting and implementing strategic campaigns and crisis communication programs. He has substantial experience in integrating grassroots outreach and alliance development efforts to support lobbying activities. An award-winning writer, Klink has developed effective messaging and captivating copy to meet a variety of client needs, including targeted direct mail, speeches, brochures, op-eds, and other types of traditional, online and digital materials. Skilled at working with the news media, Matt has functioned as a spokesperson and primary media contact for a number of corporate clients and statewide initiative campaigns. He has appeared on national and local television news broadcasts on behalf of his clients and offered political analysis and commentary.

Matt’s past work experience includes a senior-level position as Director of Government Affairs for Philip Morris International, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. He led a team that created and executed communications and stakeholder outreach programs on regulatory and fiscal issues in more than 35 countries on six continents. Klink has also been an owner and partner of two Los Angeles-based public affairs and government relations firms. Matt also worked as a corporate communications consultant to America Honda Motor Co., Inc. and, while living in Arlington, Virginia, as a media consultant to candidates for U.S. Congress and the Virginia House of Delegates.

Matt holds an MA in political management from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and a BA in history from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the current president of the International Association of Political Consultants.

Expertise

Education
Energy
Gaming
Media & Presentation Training
Political Campaigns & Issues Management
Real Estate & Land Use
Strategic Communications
Technology & Innovation
Telecommunications
Water
Career Highlights
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Conducted public affairs campaigns for clients in 35 countries on six continents.
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Frequent guest on national and local television news broadcasts on behalf of his clients offering political analysis and commentary.
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Media consultant to candidates for U.S. Congress and the Virginia House of Delegates.
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Corporate communications consultant to America Honda Motor Co
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Lead consultant in opposition to a controversial property tax measure in the greater Los Angeles area

Contact Matthew Klink

310-283-6267
Matt Klink attends International Association of Political Consultants conference in Vienna, Austria
Our Partner, Matthew Klink, attends the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) conference in Vienna, Austria. He serves as the Secretary General for USA and has been an IAPC board...
Matt Klink Featured in Newsweek - What Does Alan Lowenthal's Retirement Mean for Democrats in California?
California Strategies Partner, Matt Klink, discusses the impact of Alan Lowenthal’s retirement from the US House of Representatives.
How to Get Started in Politics
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Matt Klink co-hosts University of Southern California event titled, “How to get started in politics” with West Hollywood City Councilmember John Erickson. https://dornsife-center-for-political-future.usc.edu/event/37147774126512
California Strategies’ Matthew Klink, Kristin Olsen, Lily Mackayand Michael Bustamante help raise crucial funding at the Saint John’s Gala
California Strategies’ Matthew Klink, Kristin Olsen, Lily Mackay and Michael Bustamante help raise crucial funding at the Saint John’s Gala held October 17, 2021. Additionally, California Strategies Partners donated to help support...
Matt Klink featured in Newsweek
From Newsweek: “It’s highly unlikely that the 45 Republicans in the Senate who voted to dismiss the case before the trial started would change their tune and vote to convict....
Numbers to keep in mind for 2022  - LA Daily News Article by Matt Klink
“Mark Twain famously said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” “With Joe Biden’s election and Democrats narrowly holding the House, they’re hoping that 2022 has no connection —...