Julie Kohler

Senior Advisor

As Senior Advisor, Julie Kohler plays a key strategic role in developing the DA’s investment strategy and investment recommendations. She has been part of the DA’s senior leadership team since 2010, formerly serving as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director, and Senior Vice President for Strategy and Planning. She has two decades of experience in philanthropy and higher education, with deep expertise in progressive politics, advocacy, and policies affecting women, children, and families.

Kohler, a skilled writer and social commentator, is also a resident fellow at the National Women’s Law Center, where she helps NWLC position gender equality as a key theme in the political discourse and to forge links between the national agenda on gender issues and states’ policy and advocacy work. Her writing appears regularly in the Washington Post, The Nation, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Kohler served as Director for Education & Civic Engagement at 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 Ph.D. in family social science from the University of Minnesota.