As a Fellow in Residence, Julie Kohler 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. A skilled writer and social commentator, Kohler’s writing appears regularly in the Washington Post, The Nation, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and other outlets.
Kohler also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Democracy Alliance (DA), a progressive donor network, where she plays a key 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.
Prior to joining the DA, 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.