Julia Flesher Koch is president of the David H. Koch Foundation, which, to date, has given nearly $200 million to support diverse causes nationwide including science and medical research, education, the arts, and more.
Julia and David Koch gave a $10 million gift to establish a new unit at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford for clinical research. The unit operates within the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University, which is home to the groundbreaking allergy and asthma clinical trials led by Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD.
Julia gave a $3 million gift to NYU Langone for the Julia Flesher Koch Professorship of Orthopedic Surgery, which supports innovative programs in clinical care, education and research.
Julia gave a $1.4 million gift to NYU to establish the Julia Koch Endowed Scholarship that supports the full tuition of at least one student at a time throughout his or her medical training. Combined with the gifts of others, this allows NYU School of Medicine to become the first tuition-free medical school in the country.
A devoted patron of the arts, Julia previously served on the Board of Directors for the School of American Ballet where she annually chaired two of the school’s most popular and significant benefits: Nutcracker Family Benefit and Winter Ball.
Through the years, Julia has also chaired events for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Food Allergy Initiative (now Food Allergy Research & Education) and American Ballet Theater.