As Chief Executive Officer for AFP, Luke Hilgemann shapes the national strategic vision for the growing organization. Hilgemann leads a team that ensures that strategic goals, technological capability and organizational missions all align to keep AFP’s volunteers leading the charge in the fight for economic freedom.
Hilgemann was elevated to CEO from his most recent position as Chief Operating Officer, where he led AFP to significant growth, including expansion into new states and the development of an unprecedented 2014 field effort that saw staff and volunteers connect with more than nine million Americans at the door and on the phone.
Prior to joining AFP’s leadership team, Hilgemann directed the group’s Wisconsin chapter during a critical budget crisis that saw the state with billions of dollars in red ink. Luke led tens of thousands of activists to advocate for Act 10, a transformative set of budget and worker-freedom reforms that revived the state’s fiscal outlook and continue to have a positive impact today.
Under Hilgemann’s leadership, AFP’s network of staff and volunteers plans to grow operations even further in 2015, as they focus on advocating for sound policies in Congress and state legislatures across the country.
A Wisconsin native, Hilgemann has spent his life fighting for lower taxes, limited government and personal freedom. Before joining AFP, he did that work through a number of roles in the Wisconsin legislature, working his way to Chief of Staff for the State Assembly’s majority leader.
Luke currently resides in Virginia with his wife Jayme and their three children. In his spare time, Luke enjoys hunting, fishing and passing the outdoor heritage on to his kids.