David Wilhelm currently serves as Partner and Chief Strategy Officer of Hecate Energy. Wilhelm is facilitating the company’s efforts to develop solar, wind, and gas projects in international markets such as Africa, Pakistan, and Jordan. In Tanzania, Hecate and Wilhelm are developing the largest solar array ever to be installed on the grounds of a campus, at the University of Dodoma, linked to the creation of the continent’s first School of Renewable Energy.
Wilhelm is the founding Partner of Empower Gas & Electric, a Columbus-based energy services company designed to help communities capture the economic benefit of their spending on electricity through local generation projects and the deployment of energy efficiency strategies.
Wilhelm managed the campaigns of persons such as William J. Clinton, Joseph R. Biden, Richard M. Daley, and the late Paul Simon. In 1992, President Clinton named Wilhelm to serve as Chair of the Democratic National Committee, making Wilhelm the youngest person in American history to serve in that post. He is a “superdelegate” to Democratic national conventions.
In the world of non-profit organizations, Wilhelm is the Chair of the Midwest’s leading environmental and clean energy advocacy group, the Environmental Law and Policy Center. He is a board member of the Roosevelt Institute, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.
Wilhelm is a graduate of Ohio University and Harvard University. Wilhelm and his wife, Degee, reside in Bexley, Ohio, where they are now empty nesters, with both sons enrolled at Ohio State University.