22 Facts About David Wilhelm


David Wilhelm was born on October 2,1956 and is a global renewable energy developer, currently working for Hecate Energy.


Formerly, Wilhelm worked in the venture capital space and as a political campaign manager; most notably serving as Campaign Manager for the 1992 US Presidential campaign of Bill Clinton, and later as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.


David Wilhelm was raised in Athens, Ohio, and has started many transformational projects and funds in the area.


David Wilhelm later settled in Chicago, Illinois, and now resides in Columbus, Ohio.


David Wilhelm has received honorary doctorates from Ohio University, the University of Charleston, and Wheeling Jesuit University.


David Wilhelm has taught or served as a fellow at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Ohio University, DePaul University, and the University of Akron.


David Wilhelm was born on October 2,1956, in Champaign, Illinois, to Hubert and Constance Wilhelm, who were undergraduates at the University of Illinois at that time.

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David Wilhelm is a first-generation American; his father is a native of Krauschwitz, Germany, and was brought to the United States as a high school aged refugee of war-torn Germany by a Brethren Church farm family living near Auburn, Illinois.


David Wilhelm took to political organizing and strategy at a young age.


David Wilhelm attended Ohio University as a National Merit Scholar, graduating in August 1977, with a BA in Government.


David Wilhelm was named the Outstanding Undergraduate in Government that year and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.


David Wilhelm was given the assignment of recruiting delegates and alternates in each of Ohio's congressional districts for the relatively unknown Georgia Governor.


David Wilhelm's work led to the filing of a complete slate of delegates and alternates, something that Carter's opponents failed, by and large, to match, providing the Carter campaign with a strong competitive advantage in Ohio.


David Wilhelm oversaw the day-to-day operations of the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign, directed its Electoral College and political strategy, and planned the post-convention bus tour of the American heartland.


David Wilhelm served as Head of the Steering Committee for the City of Columbus' bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and is a lifetime superdelegate to the Democratic National Committee.


David Wilhelm is a founder of a newly created Ohio Appalachian Business Council and in 2010 served as co-chair of a successful statewide campaign in support of the Ohio Third Frontier.


David Wilhelm is co-chair of the advisory council for the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.


David Wilhelm previously served as a senior consultant to the Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, Earl Gohl.


David Wilhelm is a partner and the Chief Strategy Officer at Hecate Energy, a leading American-based developer of renewable energy projects.


David Wilhelm is leading Hecate's efforts on the African continent, which include projects both large and small, both on-grid and off-grid.


David Wilhelm is Co-Chair of the Strategic Partners Group of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University and a co-founder of its Center for Public and Social Innovation.


Early in his career, David Wilhelm was the executive director of one of the nation's leading tax reform organizations, Citizens for Tax Justice, and was a co-author of studies that provided impetus for federal tax reform during President Reagan's presidency.