You do not have Javascript enabled. Some elements of this website may not work correctly.

Max Dalton

Executive Director

Before serving as Executive Director, Max was the head of CEA's Content team. 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. His research focused on the cost-effectiveness of research and the determinants of technological progress.

Joan Gass

Managing Director

Joan works with Max on the executive team. Her roles include overseeing CEA's Community Health team, providing input on program-specific and organization-wide strategy, and assisting with hiring and other internal operations. She has an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and an MPA in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She previously worked at the strategy consulting firm Bain & Company, where she was a founding member of their Nigeria office. She also co-founded and directed a nonprofit in Uganda, and launched a fellowship related to catastrophic risks and emerging technology policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Ben West

Division Manager: Forum and Events

Ben works to create infrastructure which makes the staff at CEA more productive. Before joining CEA, he was the software architect of an analytics platform used by almost every major healthcare organization in the U.S., and has served on numerous government committees related to health care and interoperability. He's also been the cofounder and CTO of a successful health startup.

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 B.A. in linguistics from Haverford College and an M.S. in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University.

Events Team:

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.

Barry Grimes

Events Associate

Barry leads communications for the EA Global conference series and provides support to EAGx conferences around the world. Barry has worked in strategic communication and engagement roles across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors for over 10 years. He also provides communications support for the recently-launched Happier Lives Institute on a voluntary basis. He holds a BA in Combined Social Sciences from Durham University and a CIPR Diploma in Public Relations.

Groups Team:

Katie Glass

Head of Groups

Before becoming the head of the Groups team, Katie was 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 the Google Maps 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.

Harri Besceli

Community Grants Specialist

Harri manages CEA's Community Building Grants programme, including evaluating grant applications, finding promising grant opportunities, and conducting impact evaluation of the program overall. Before joining CEA, he studied Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Oxford, and during this time was also heavily involved in Oxford's Giving What We Can group.

Operations Team:

Josh Axford

Head of Operations

Josh manages operations for CEA, with a focus on our UK office. 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 is responsible for analyzing and improving our operations, managing our legal compliance, and handling 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 and holds a B.A. in two majors: Philosophy, and Media and Communications.

Louis Dixon

Operations Specialist - Finance Lead

Louis oversees financial planning and control for both CEA US and CEA UK. Before CEA, Louis worked as a finance performance improvement consultant with a range of public and private sector clients. Louis has a BSc in Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol.

Online Team:

Sam Deere

Head of Tech

Sam works as a developer on the EA Funds 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 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.

Aaron Gertler

Content Specialist

Aaron runs the EA Newsletter and EA Forum, and helps with a wide range of other content projects. Before joining CEA, he worked in freelance positions throughout the EA community and spent a year earning-to-give at a software company. He holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science from Yale University, where he wrote a thesis on how charities can improve their communication with donors.

Community Health Team:

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.

Sky Mayhew

Community Liaison

Sky provides support, resources, and strategy recommendations to individuals and organizations in the effective altruism community. She works in close collaboration with Julia on community health. Currently, she primarily consults on media, mentorship, and diversity, equity, & belonging. In her career as a professional interpreter, she previously coordinated national programs to improve the American Sign Language interpreting profession in the US. She holds a Masters of Public Administration from Gallaudet University and lives in Washington, DC.

Nicole Ross

Community Health Analyst

Nicole 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.

Giving What We Can:

Luke Freeman

Head of Giving What We Can

Luke manages Giving What We Can. He has a background in marketing with a focus on growing early-stage technology startups (Positly, Sendle, Coviu). He is also an active volunteer with various projects focused on social impact (EAGxAustraliaEffective Altruism AustraliaEA Sydney, Global Shapers Community). He holds degrees and diplomas in media and communications from Macquarie University and Simon Fraser University.

Effective Altruism Funds:

Jonas Vollmer

Head of EA Funds

Jonas manages EA Funds. He holds degrees in medicine and economics with a focus on public choice, health economics, and development economics. Before joining CEA, he co-founded and led the Center on Long-Term Risk and its parent organization, EAF. In the course of that work, he oversaw a ballot initiative that doubled Zurich's aid budget and helped to raise more than $15 million for effective charities.

We also manage operations for 80,000 Hours and the Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research.


CEA UK Trustees: Will MacAskill, Toby Ord, Claire Zabel, Owen Cotton-Barratt

CEA US board: Will MacAskill (Chairman), Nick Beckstead, Hilary Greaves