David Wilhelm ( born October 2, 1956 in Ohio) is an American venture capitalist and political advisor. He is the founder and president of various venture capital companies that have specialized in the rural areas. He also was a senior campaign manager for Bill Clinton's first election to the U.S. President and 1993/1994 Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Wilhelm was born the son of a German immigrant in the Appalachian region of Ohio. He studied at Ohio University and completed his Master 's degree in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
His first venture capital firm Adena Ventures focuses on rural areas in the central Appalachians. His second company, Hopewell Ventures, has been active in the Midwest, also a region in which there is otherwise very little risk capital.
The convinced Christian was known as campaign manager for Bill Clinton in his candidacy for U.S. president in 1992. He was there primarily responsible for the organizational aspects of the campaign, while James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Eli Siegel and Mickey Kantor, especially around the exterior communication care.
After the successful election appointed him Bill Clinton as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee; he was one of the youngest party leader in U.S. history. In addition to the campaign for Bill Clinton, he managed also the election campaigns of U.S. Senators Paul M. Simon and Joe Biden, the Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, and the Mayor Richard M. Daley. In the U.S. presidential elections in 2004, he was responsible for Illinois man in the campaign of John Kerry and John Edwards.
He founded two companies for policy advice in Chicago: Wilhelm & Conlon Public Strategies for Public Affairs and The Strategy Group, which is limited to supporting democratic election candidates. Both he has completely separated.