Julie Kohler

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Planning

As Senior Vice President for Strategy and Planning, Julie Kohler oversees the DA’s investment strategy, 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 (now NEO Philanthropy), 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. Her articles on issues pertaining to feminism, politics, and family life regularly appear in the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and HuffPost.