In 1995, David Wilhelm returned home to Chicago after
finishing his tenure as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
He wanted to build a business that did well and did good at the same
time. He soon joined forces with Kevin Conlon, a prominent labor lawyer
and Democratic activist who shared David's vision. The two became
business partners, deciding to use their decades of experience in
government, politics, finance, and labor to help others succeed in the
public arena. Together they founded Wilhelm & Conlon Public Strategies (now Conlon & Dunn Public Strategies) in 1998.
Since its inception, our company has been more than a
public affairs firm. We routinely give pro bono support to Democratic
candidates and officials and have incubated venture capital companies
that invest in underserved communities in Appalachia and the Midwest.
Today, Conlon & Dunn Public Strategies serves as a point of convergence for people who believe
that good business, good government, and good deeds go hand in hand.