Julie Kohler

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Planning

As Senior Vice President for Strategy and Planning, Julie Kohler oversees all work pertaining to the DA’s 2020 Vision, monitoring the work of the DA’s Investment Portfolio, overseeing the DA’s 2020 State Funds, developing content for conferences and other programming, and leading the DA’s inclusive economy and democracy-related work. In her prior roles as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, she worked closely with the President and the Board to develop and implement the Democracy Alliance’s strategic plan and annual goals. she has over a decade of experience in philanthropy, with deep expertise in civic engagement, state infrastructure, policy/advocacy, and social innovation grant making.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Kohler served as Director for Education & Civic Engagement at Public Interest Projects, where she managed four funding collaboratives designed to promote stronger participatory democracy and more equitable public schools. She also directed the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s National Venture Fund, which invested $13 million annually in civic engagement and social venture projects, and taught at the University of Maryland.

Kohler holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in family social science from the University of Minnesota and writes on topics pertaining to family structure and diversity.