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New real estate head for archdiocese

July 27, 2017

02 THUMB John ChristianAttorney John Christian has been named executive director of the Real Property Support Corporation and director of real estate for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He follows attorney Jack Hammel in the former role and Les McDonald in the latter. Hammel and McDonald have both retired, with McDonald continuing to serve the property division as a consultant. The information was announced in a memo from Stephen J. LoPresti, chairman of the Real Property Support Corporation board of directors.

“For more than 33 years John was an attorney with the Tobin & Tobin firm and its successor,” LoPresti said, noting Christian “was regularly consulted by the archdiocese on a variety of matters” during that time. He is a graduate of St. Vincent de Paul School, St. Ignatius College Preparatory, UC Berkeley and the University of San Francisco’s School of Law. Christian is a member of the Order of Malta and president of the board of the Order of Malta Clinic at Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland which provides free medical care to the uninsured. He and his wife, Mary, live in the Oakland hills.

Christian, while assuming his new post July 1, has been “shadowing Jack for many months” and attended a convention geared to his new jobs with McDonald in April, according to LoPresti.

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