The National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota (NFPM) announced today David B. Wheeler will join NPFM as executive director May 1. Wheeler, a Duluth, Minn. native, brings to NPFM a strong background in nonprofit leadership, community engagement and public service. David Wheeler
“David’s passion for helping people live well is a cornerstone of his distinguished career,” said Eileen Smith, president of the NPFM Board of Directors. “The Parkinson’s community will certainly benefit from David’s leadership and service. His experience will guide NPFM as we continue to create Parkinson’s-friendly communities that support people as they live well with this chronic disease.”
David’s family has been personally touched by Parkinson’s disease, which provides the drive to make a real difference for those living with the illness.
As president of Wheeler Consultants, Wheeler worked with nonprofit organizations and churches to strengthen annual giving, conduct capital campaigns, develop strategic plans and new programming, increase outreach and raise public visibility. He served on the Duluth City Council for three and half years and was recently re-elected to Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation, where he serves as President.
In the past, Wheeler worked with United Methodists for Marriage Equity, Minnesotans United, Draw the Line Minnesota Citizen Redistricting Commission, Community Involvement Programs and Alexandra House. He also served as lead minister of Brunswick United Methodist Church in Crystal, MN, and as Minister of Invitation at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, along with serving churches in rural, suburban and urban settings.
In addition to 30 years of involvement with Rotary, Wheeler has organized and led tours and mission groups to the United Kingdom, Palestine/Israel and Greece, Costa Rica, Russia, and India.