We are the Centre for Effective Altruism, and we're striving to solve the world's biggest problems. That's a challenging goal, and we believe that kind of long-term change cannot be solved by individuals alone. We need a global community of people tackling these issues.
Our team is dedicated to building a community of people who have made helping others a core part of their lives, and who use evidence and scientific reasoning to figure out how to do so as effectively as possible. We strive to provide the community with the resources, technology, support and mentoring they need to do the most good.
Here is our organizational chart as of May 2018.
Now meet the people behind our work.
Chief Executive Officer
Before becoming CEO, Larissa was CEA's Chief Operating Officer, and manager of the community team. Before coming to work at CEA, she volunteered for Giving What We Can and in UK party politics, and spent five years working in corporate sales, events and marketing.
Head of Research
Max communicates new and important ideas to the effective altruism community. Before joining CEA, Max received for an MSc in Economics from the University of York, and studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford. His research focused on the cost-effectiveness of research, and the determinants of technological progress.
Julia serves as a contact person for the effective altruism community and helps local and online groups support their members. She is also the president of Giving What We Can, serves on the board of GiveWell, and writes about effective altruism at Giving Gladly. Before joining CEA, Juia was a social worker, and studied Sociology at Bryn Mawr College.
Marketing and Events Specialist
Katie is responsible for producing Effective Altruism Global and the EAGx program. She joined CEA after 6 years building online communities for brands like Nike, Google and Pinterest. During 4 years at Google, Katie launched Map's Local Guides program in the UK and Europe and drove engagement for Solve for X, a think tank focused on 'moonshot' projects focused on solving global issues.
Head of Individual Outreach
Kerry identifies individuals with the effective altruism community, and helps them to have a greater impact. Prior to joining CEA, Kerry ascended from a summer volunteer to run the Technology and Innovation Department of a $1.5B foundation, managing a $7m budget. Kerry holds a PhD in Philosophy from Rice University, specializing in applied ethics and value theory.
Kit is figuring out how CEA can more effectively empower different groups of people to do higher-impact work. Before joining CEA, Kit experimented with movement building alongside earning to give as a trader at J.P. Morgan. He studied Mathematics at the University of Oxford.
Amy Willey Labenz
Senior Events Manager, General Counsel
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 Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Service.
EA Groups Liaison
Harri provides operational support and strategic advice for local effective altruism groups and coordinates various inter-group projects. Before joining CEA, he studied Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Oxford, and during this time was also heavily involved in the Giving What We Can Oxford group.
Head of Operations
Caitlin manages our operations team, as well as the Berkeley office space. 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 B.A. in linguistics from Haverford College and an M.S. in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University.
Miranda runs CEA's US finances. She comes to CEA from a background in ICU and travel nursing. In 2015, after several years of volunteer operations work with the Center for Applied Rationality, she left her nursing job in Canada and worked for Bellroy in an admin role.
Mason works closely with the Operations team to determine which existing processes can be further optimized or automated and which non-extant or informal processes could benefit from some structure. Prior to joining CEA, Mason worked as a freelancer in a wide variety of roles, including research, event organization, and web design/development.
UK Operations Officer
Kathryn Mecrow is our UK Operations Officer. Prior to working with CEA, she was the Administrative Officer at the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) and provided research assistance to Charity Science Health and Piers Millet on x-risks arising from biotechnology. She has worked as a project manager, legal researcher, and university lecturer in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, and Ethiopia.
Head of Tech
Sam manages our tech team. Sam previously worked in policy and communications roles for several high-profile Australian politicians, and was part of the team that won the 'unwinnable' 2014 South Australian state election. He studied Politics and History at the University of Adelaide, and has nearly a decade of experience as a web developer.
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.
Marek is responsible for the EA Funds platform as well as improving and expanding the software products CEA develops for the community. He has previously worked at investment banks as an analyst and more recently as a Product Manager, after completing a data science bootcamp.
We also manage operations for, and share office space with, the Office of Will MacAskill.
CEA US board: Will MacAskill (President and Chairman), Nick Beckstead, Sam Bankman-Fried.