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Interim Managing Director
Ben is responsible for overseeing CEA’s work during the transition to new permanent leadership. He was previously Head of the Online team. Before joining CEA, he was the founder/CTO of Health eFilings (acquired by Alpha II) and founder/CEO of Statistok (acquired by Rei Exitus, MB). He was also the software architect of an analytics platform used by almost every major healthcare organization in the US, and has served on numerous government committees related to health care and interoperability.
Max was until recently CEA's Executive Director, overseeing CEA’s work and setting our overall direction. He has recently transitioned to an advisory role. Before becoming Executive Director, Max led the redesign of the EA Forum, ran the first round of EA Grants (now part of EA Funds), and did research into the cost-effectiveness of medical research. Before joining CEA, Max received an MSc in economics from the University of York, and studied philosophy, politics, and economics at the University of Oxford.
Oscar supports the work of CEA's executive team. Before joining CEA, Oscar was Chief of Staff to a member of the UK House of Lords. He studied philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford.
Angelina works on data analytics and data operations for the executive office. Previously, she worked on content for the EA Global conference series and, before CEA, as an economic consultant at Analysis Group. Angelina founded the EA group at Wellesley College, where she studied economics and computer science, and has been interested in EA since 2014.
Amy Willey Labenz
Head of Events
Amy produces events, including EA Global and a series of specialized retreats. Previously, Amy was Chief Operating Officer of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, where she was also Executive Producer of The Singularity Summit. Amy earned a Juris Doctor degree from New York University after graduating summa cum laude from Alma College with a BA in foreign service.
Community Events Manager
Ollie supports EAGx conference organisers and investigates opportunities to expand CEA's events portfolio. Previously, he worked as a Research Analyst at Longview Philanthropy, a nonprofit which advises major philanthropists focused on safeguarding the long-term future. Before Longview, Ollie was an EA group organiser at the University of Warwick and in Cologne, Germany. He holds a first-class degree in philosophy with psychology from the University of Warwick.
Eli works on the EA Global conference series and joined CEA in April 2022. Previously, he worked as an Operations Assistant at Open Philanthropy, where he worked on events, office management, and as a personal assistant to the Co-CEO. Eli came across EA in 2016 while studying Chemistry at the University of Oxford, and was involved in various EA group organizing projects thereafter.
Ivan works on the systems and communications for the EA Global conference series. Before joining CEA, Ivan was a community builder for Effective Altruism Australia and New Zealand. He has a BE(Hons) in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, and a BSc in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Auckland - where he co-founded the EA group in 2015.
Junior Events Associate
Charlotte supports the EA Global conference series and the retreats programme. Before joining CEA, Charlotte worked on various community building projects, such as EAGxOxford 2022, UK high school outreach, and university group events. She studied History and Modern Languages at the University of Exeter.
Events Production Specialist
Elinor is a global operations, projects, and events manager with over 10 years’ experience in the arts and live events. She supports the Partner Events program which facilitates world-class events for people working on solving important problems. She holds a BMus in Piano Performance from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Head of Groups
Rob manages the Groups team. He was previously the manager of CEA's community building grants program, and prior to that worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co.
City and National Groups Program Manager
Jesse provides scalable support to university and other effective altruism groups around the world. Before joining CEA, he worked on criminal justice reform at Just Impact and Open Philanthropy. He has an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and studied political science at Carleton College.
Associate, Scalable University Group Support
Jessica creates scalable systems and programs to help support effective altruism university groups around the world. Before joining CEA, she studied Cognitive Science at Yale University. There, she led Yale EA, helped seed new EA groups, and created trainings and workshops for group organizers.
University Group Coordinator
Jake works on supporting university and other effective altruism groups, particularly focused on mentorship, group strategy, and connections to the broader effective altruism landscape. He previously led the EA group at Stanford University, where he received a BS in Theoretical Computer Science & MS in Computer Systems.
University Groups Support Associate
Joris provides support for university groups around the world. He was previously co-founder and chair at Positive Impact Society Erasmus, and holds a BSc degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences from Erasmus University College in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where he majored in Philosophy, Politics & Economics.
Product Manager, Virtual Programs
Conor works on product strategy for CEA's virtual programs. Prior to CEA, Conor worked at Meta, leading a team of engineers as part of their data transparency efforts. He also founded Meta's corporate Effective Altruism group. Conor has a BSc in Philosophy and Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.
Groups Associate (city/national/other)
Amarins provides support to city and national groups around the world. Before joining CEA, she was the co-director of EA Netherlands, a summer research fellow at the Happier Lives Institute and a co-founder of PISE. She holds degrees in Economics (BSc), Psychology (BSc) and Methodology (MSc).
Head of People Operations
Caitlin works to improve staff well-being and productivity, and manages CEA's recruiting and onboarding. She has a background in operations work from her time with the Frameworks Institute in DC and working in academic administration during her time as a graduate student at Georgetown. She has a BA in linguistics from Haverford College and an MS in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University.
People Operations Specialist
Joseph works to improve CEA's hiring systems. He has a background doing operations management and human resources as a part of cross-cultural teams in Beijing. He has a BA in International & Area Studies from Kalamazoo College.
Interim Head of Online
JP is managing the Online team during Ben West’s tenure as Interim Managing Director. JP previously worked on the team as an engineer and Engineering Manager. He joined CEA from an aerospace startup where he wrote data processing code. He also cofounded the South Bay Effective Altruism meetup group. Before that, he was a research assistant writing code for simulations of quantum computers. He holds a BS in physics from Georgia Tech.
Sarah graduated from MIT with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a minor in Philosophy. She worked at Care.com and then at BetterLesson, supporting educators across the United States.
Ben manages the development of effectivealtruism.org. Previously Ben spent 8 years working at early stage effective altruism and tech startups including Tyve (making employee giving more impactful) and Founders Pledge (encouraging entrepreneurs to commit exit proceeds to charity).
Lizka runs the EA Newsletter and the non-engineering side of the EA Forum, and helps with a wide range of other content projects. Before starting at CEA, she worked in math education and was a visiting research fellow at Rethink Priorities. Lizka holds a BA from Columbia University with a double major in mathematics and comparative literature.
Will is a software developer on the EA Forum. Before joining CEA he previously worked as a developer for a supply chain logistics start-up. He holds a BA in Physics from the University of Oxford.
Ollie works as a developer for the EA forum. He previously worked as an engineer for a popular chess website, and before that as a musician and music teacher. He holds a BSc in mathematics and physics from The Open University.
Sharang is a product manager for digital products at CEA, focusing on the EA Forum. Previously, Sharang was a software engineer and product manager at Flatiron Health for 7 years, building cancer research products with teams of data scientists.
Agnes designs the EA Forum and other digital products at CEA. She previously worked as a product designer at Intercom and Basecamp. Before she started designing software she worked as a photographer.
Community Health Team
Head of Community Health and Special Projects, Trustee (EVF)
Nicole leads our team, setting our strategic direction and helping us achieve our goals within individual projects and across the team at large. Nicole has also coordinated with other EA organizations and projects across a broad range of areas, such as communications and politics. Before joining CEA, Nicole worked at Open Philanthropy, GiveWell, and the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Cedars-Sinai. Outside of work, Nicole is a fan of dogs and hiking.
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Interim Head of Community Health and Special Projects
Chana supports high school outreach efforts and investigates areas of improvement for community epistemics (how we form beliefs about the world). Before joining CEA, Chana was a high school math teacher in Pittsburgh, New York, and London. She has also contracted for the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MA from Columbia University. Her hobbies include crossword puzzles and pub trivia.
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Julia oversees community wellbeing. Her work includes projects such as improving community members’ access to mental health services and conveying feedback from more junior to more senior community members. She is also a go-to person for specific cases where community members find themselves in challenging situations. She serves on the board of GiveWell and writes about effective altruism, parenting, and other topics at Otherwise. She was president of Giving What We Can from 2017-2020. Before joining CEA, Julia was a social worker, and studied sociology at Bryn Mawr College. Outside of EA, she’s active in the folk dancing community.
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Community Health Associate
Catherine is the main contact for community health support for groups, and also works on assessing and mitigating risks to the EA community. Alongside Julia, she is a go-to person for specific cases where community members find themselves in challenging situations. Before joining CEA, Catherine managed the Students for High-Impact Charity program and taught science, physics, and ethics at the high school level. She was also heavily involved in EA community building in New Zealand and Australia. Catherine holds a PhD in physics from the University of Melbourne. Outside of work, Catherine’s hobbies include kayaking and trail running.
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Community Health Project Manager and Senior Assistant
Eve supports the work of Nicole and other members of the team and is responsible for our internal systems. Before joining CEA, she ran EA Cambridge full-time. Eve holds a degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from the University of Cambridge, and is particularly interested in the early medieval period. She also enjoys archaeology and is a big fan of Doctor Who.
Head of Communications
Shakeel helps the effective altruism movement handle communications. Previously, he was a news editor at The Economist, where he also wrote about science and technology. He previously worked at Protocol, Finimize and News UK, and studied philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford.
Trustees and Structure
CEA is a project of the Effective Ventures group — the umbrella term for Effective Ventures Foundation and Effective Ventures Foundation USA, Inc., which are two separate legal entities that work together.
- EVF’s board consists of Will MacAskill (Chair), Tasha McCauley, Claire Zabel, Nick Beckstead
- EVF US’s board consists of Nick Beckstead (Chair), Becca Kagan, Nicole Ross