As Senior Vice President for Investment Strategy, Julie Kohler oversees the DA’s investment strategy, monitoring the work of the DA’s Investment Portfolio, overseeing the DA’s State POWER 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.
Kohler is also a writer and social commentator on issues pertaining to feminism, politics, and families. Her articles appear regularly in the Washington Post, The Nation, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post, and she has appeared on on BBC’s World News Hour, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, PBS’s To the Contrary, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, and Diane Rehm’s On My Mind podcast, among other media outlets.
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.