Matt has more than 25 years 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. Whether building broad-based opposition to delay proposed legislation in
the United Kingdom, stopping a toll road through a California state park or conducting a
statewide editorial board tour, Klink utilizes the experiences and skills he learned while working
on political campaigns to help his clients achieve results.
Throughout his career, Matt has worked for numerous 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 campaign 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, on-line 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 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
Matt holds a 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 serves on the board of directors for the International Association of Political