John M. Klink, Managing Director
As a Managing Director, John is responsible for assisting in client relationship management, and maintaining and developing select key relationships for the firm.
Mr. Klink comes to O’Meara Ferguson with an extensive diplomatic, socio-economic development and religious service background, serving the Catholic Church in official capacities for 30 years. Most recently, he was nominated by Popes John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor for the Pontifical Council for the Family (2004-present), and since 2007 has served as President of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC). Founded by Pope Pius XII in 1951, the ICMC serves as the International Migration Commission for the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences and reports to both the Second Section of the Secretariat of State and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples.
In 2002 and 2004, Mr. Klink served as White House-Appointed Special Senior Private Sector Advisor on US State Department Delegations to a number of UN world conferences on socio-economic issues, including: U.N. Commission on Population and Development, New York; U.N. Commission on Human Rights, Geneva; The 30th Session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, San Juan, Puerto Rico; UN General Assembly Sixth Committee: Conference on International Convention to Ban Human Cloning; Third Preparatory Conference for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, New York; Preparatory Conference for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children, New York; United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children, New York; Fourth Preparatory Conference for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Bali, Indonesia; World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, South Africa; Second Preparatory Committee for the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference, Bangkok, Thailand; Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference, Bangkok.
From 1987-2002, as a Diplomat/Advisor for the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, Mr. Klink’s responsibilities included serving as an advisor to Cardinal Renato Martino and serving as a lead Holy See negotiator for the official documents of 17 World Summits, International and United Nations sponsored Conferences on a wide variety of social and legal issues relating to socio-economic development and human rights, especially the right-to-life, including: The World Summit for Children; Rio Summit on Environment and Development; Cairo Population Conference; Beijing Women’s Conference; Copenhagen Conference on Social Development; Istanbul Habitat Conference; Rome Conference on Establishment of International Criminal Court; Cairo +5; Beijing +5; Istanbul +5; He also served as Representative of the Holy See to the UNICEF Executive Board from 1987-2000.
Between 1976 and 1986, Mr. Klink held various executive positions with Catholic Relief Services in postings in North Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Pope John Paul II nominated Mr. Klink a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great in 1993; Additionally, he is a Knight of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta; a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher; a Knight of the Constantinian Order of St. George; a Knight of Columbus; and a Knight of the Order of Saints Maurice & Lazarus.
Mr. Klink was also awarded the Legatus Ambassador of the Year Award in 2007.
In addition to his work for the Church, Mr. Klink has been an investor, developer, and real estate investment advisor in California and New York.
He received his Bachelors of Arts from Santa Clara University in 1971 and an MA from Georgetown University in 1973. Mr. Klink is married with two children and resides in Santa Barbara, California.