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Max Dalton

Executive Director

Max oversees CEA’s work and sets our overall direction. 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 Howie

Project Manager

Oscar supports Max’s work to lead CEA. 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.

Events Team

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.

Ollie Base

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 Nathan

Project Manager

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 Burduk

Events Associate

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.

Groups Team

Rob Gledhill

City and National Groups - CBG Program Manager

Rob supports city and national groups with resources and events. He also identifies further opportunities for funding city and national groups. Before joining CEA, he worked as a Technology Consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Jesse Rothman

Broad 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.

Jessica McCurdy

Groups Associate

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.

Catherine Low

Groups Associate

Catherine provides support to effective altruism groups around the world. Before joining CEA, she managed the Students for High-Impact Charity program and taught science, physics, and ethics at the high school level. She is also heavily involved in EA community building across New Zealand and Australia. Catherine holds a PhD in physics from the University of Melbourne.

Operations Team

Josh Axford

Director of Operations

Josh oversees all aspects of the CEA operations team, which enables unusually impactful organisations to achieve their objectives. Before joining CEA, he went from COO to CEO of a marine research charity working towards a world where marine life and humans thrive together. He studied physics at university and attended the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst, where he was commissioned as an officer in the British Army. He is also a professionally trained project manager and an alpine mountaineering instructor.

Chloe Malone

Operations Specialist

Chloe analyzes and improves our operations, manages our legal compliance, and handles some of our external communications. She was previously the communications coordinator for Effective Altruism Australia. Alongside her work for CEA, she's currently a project manager for a fundraising gaming app being developed for an NGO. She graduated from the University of Sydney, where she double-majored in philosophy and media and communications.

Andrew Leeke

Operations Specialist

Andrew is responsible for HR systems and information sharing within CEA. He studied Psychology & Philosophy at the University of Oxford.

Litawn Gan

Finance & Data Lead

Litawn oversees financial control, budgeting, and forecasting for CEA. Before joining CEA, he worked on data visualization and analysis with RC Forward. Litawn holds a BSc in physics from Stanford University.

Helena Dias

Operations Contractor (Grants Administrator)

Helena is responsible for processing grants and ensuring that grantmaking operations are running smoothly. She previously worked in business operations and process improvement for both a large company and a startup. Helena has a Master's in Management from the Nova School of Business and Economics and an Executive Master's in strategic human resources from INDEG-ISCTE Executive Education.

People Operations

Caitlin Elizondo

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.

Simon Koser

People Operations Associate

Simon collaborates with Caitlin on the People Operations team as an associate. He has a varied background, previously teaching mathematics as well as chairing a non-profit federation in Sweden.

Online Team

Ben West

Head of Online

Ben manages the Online team. Before joining CEA, he was 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. He has also been the co-founder and CTO of a successful health tech startup, and founded a successful TikTok analytics startup (acquired by Rei Exitus, MB).

JP Addison


JP comes to us 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.

Jonathan Mustin


Jonathan works as a software developer on the EA Forum. He previously worked as a developer at a telemedicine startup in San Francisco, and as a freelance programmer and tutor. He holds BScs in physics and mathematics from North Carolina State University.

Sarah Cheng


Sarah graduated from MIT with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a minor in Philosophy. She worked at and then at BetterLesson, supporting educators across the United States.

Yi-Yang Chua

EA Virtual Programs Associate

Yi-Yang manages EA Virtual Programs. He was a Teach for Malaysia fellow, a project manager for a manufacturing company, and a community director for Effective Altruism Singapore. He holds a BSc in supply chain management from Indiana University Bloomington.

Ben Clifford

Product Manager

Ben manages the development of 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 Vaintrob

Content Specialist

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.

Community Health Team

Nicole Ross

Head of Community Health

Nicole leads the Community Health team, conducts analysis on broad community health questions, and provides internal consultation to other teams within CEA. Before joining CEA, Nicole worked at the Open Philanthropy Project, GiveWell, and the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Cedars-Sinai.

Julia Wise

Community Liaison

Julia serves as a contact person for the effective altruism community and helps local and online groups support their members. She serves on the board of GiveWell and writes about effective altruism at Giving Gladly. 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.

Eve McCormick

Community Health Project Manager and Senior Assistant

Eve supports the work of Nicole and other members of the Community Health team. Before joining CEA, she ran EA Cambridge full-time for several years, after volunteering with the group as a student. Eve holds a degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from the University of Cambridge.

Chana Messinger

Community Health Analyst

Chana supports high school outreach efforts and investigates areas of improvement for community epistemics. 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.