Mr. Wachholz is an international business consultant and developer whose recent focus has been in the areas of solar PV and other renewable energy generation and energy efficient retrofits. He is as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Nevada Center on Foreign Relations and previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nevada District Export Council of the US Department of Commerce, Board of Directors of Nevada World Trade Council, and member of the Green Energy Task Group of the Reno 2020 Forum.
He previously served in numerous positions in the US Government, including Special Assistant, Africa Bureau, Agency for International Development; Senior Staff Associate for Science and Technology, Energy and Environmental Policy with The White House Development Coordination Committee; Attaché/Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Trade and Development Agency; and Co-Coordinator of Renewable Energy Export Promotion Joint Task Force for Trade and Development Agency and Department of Energy.
His consulting experience includes advising Overseas Private Investment Corporation on renewable energy investment promotion in the Caribbean and service as in-country Coordinator of The World Bank’s Technical Assistance Loan for the Structural Adjustment of the economy of Jamaica. He has also advised the Trade and Development Agency on its reimbursable feasibility study program and was Project Manager for the Department of Commerce and Trade and Development Agency jointly-funded project on promoting US private sector investment in Brazil and Argentina water-wastewater privatization that was implemented by Institute of the Americas. He was employed as Director of Environment and Water Programs at the Institute of the Americas, La Jolla, California
As consultant to Municipal Advisors Group of Boston Inc. and Oppenheimer Funds, Mr. Wachholz led numerous missions to Argentina for discussions with governmental entities regarding options for re-financing the nation’s public debt; advised the developer of a hydroelectric power project in Chile on obtaining international financing; surveyed infrastructure project opportunities in Paraguay for Enron Engineering; and advised Raytheon Technical Services Company, NASDAQ Seattle Biotech Conference, Clearwater Consultants, CH@MHill, G&E Engineering, and Senate Finance Committee of the Province of Corrientes, Argentina.
Mr. Wachholz’s degrees include a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut; J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law; and a Diplome de Droit Compare – Avec Mention Bien from Faculte Internationale Pour l’Enseignement du Droit Compare, Strasbourg, France. He also attended Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, as a Special Student in Latin American Studies and was a Cadet at United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. He served in the US Army Reserve 1965-69..