Daniel F. Wilhelm has been named president of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Wilhelm, a non-profit executive and expert on crime and justice issues, assumed his position June 1. The Foundation, created in 1929 by eminent businessman and philanthropist Harry Frank Guggenheim, has been a leader in addressing violence and conflict since 1961. Wilhelm was a Senior Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice. From 2007-2015, he served as Vera’s Vice President and Chief Program Officer. He has advised leading non-profit organizations, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, on justice-reform strategies.
“My colleagues and I are delighted that Dan Wilhelm is taking the helm of The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation,” said Peter Lawson-Johnston, Chairman of the Board. “We live in challenging times where the concerns that led my cousin Harry Guggenheim to establish the Foundation – violent forces that disrupt and destroy lives – are still with us. Indeed, the Foundation’s mission may be more urgent and necessary than ever before.” Since 2005, the Foundation has awarded nearly 250 grants and fellowships to distinguished researchers and has undertaken programs on pressing topics, including drug violence, extremism and intrastate conflicts. Wilhelm said, “There is an essential role for entities like Guggenheim to play in catalyzing responses to issues like crime, terrorism and religious conflict that require thoughtful and timely action.” Wilhelm succeeds Josiah Bunting, III, who was Guggenheim’s president from 2004 to 2016.