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Staff

Tara Mac Aulay

Chief Executive Officer

Tara received a graduate degree in Health Economics and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Monash University with first class Honours. She joined CEA after visiting 33 countries for work and travel. On her most recent assignment, Tara worked on redesigning oncology care in Bhutan with the Australian Red Cross.

She has a background in healthcare consulting, where she developed efficiency improvements saving 2 million dollars and countless lives in Australian hospitals.

JP Addison

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.

Harri Besceli

EA Groups Liaison

Harri 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. As EA Groups Liaison he provides operational support and strategic advice for local effective altruism groups and coordinates various inter-group projects.

Max Dalton

Researcher

Max studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford before pursuing an MSc in Economics. His dissertation was on the determinants of technological progress. In previous research, he estimated the cost-effectiveness of research into neglected tropical diseases. At CEA his focus is on building quantitative cause prioritization models.

Sam Deere

Full Stack Developer

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. While no longer working in politics, Sam takes a strong interest in global politics and policymaking, and is also a keen photographer.

Miranda Dixon-Luinenburg

Operations Manager

Miranda comes to CEA from a background in ICU nursing. She first became involved in the rationality and EA communities in 2012. 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. She later worked as a travel nurse in Reno and Oakland before moving to CEA, where she is responsible for managing a wide variety of legal, HR, and operations projects.

Caitlin Elizondo

Office Manager (US)

Caitlin comes to CEA from a background in linguistics. She has a B.A. in linguistics from Haverford College and an M.S. in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University. During her time as a graduate student, she decided that she wanted to put study of communication to use in a practical rather than academic capacity, and left the academic track to pursue direct work. 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 is an expert at taking care of people and helping create a positive work environment. Caitlin manages the Berkeley office space, and helps with general operations work at CEA.

Larissa Hesketh-Rowe

Marketing and Communications Specialist

As Marketing and Communications specialist Larissa is responsible for helping people become more involved with the effective altruism community; from first finding out about the ideas to making significant changes to how they do good. On a day to day basis, Larissa is responsible for things like email marketing, writing content and social media.

Larissa previously managed our social media and a local chapter as a volunteer. She studied Politics and Sociology, volunteered as a campaign coordinator and stood in local elections. Since then she has spent five years in corporate sales, events and marketing.

Emma Gray-Starcevic

Executive Assistant

Emma is the Executive Assistant to Will MacAskill and previously worked as CEA's office manager. She comes from a diverse background, including working as an assistant in an art gallery and running her own business teaching English in Barcelona. On a day to day basis, she is responsible for managing the CEO's schedule as well as organising logistics for the executive team.

Ben Garfinkel

Visiting Researcher

Ben holds a degree in Physics and in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University. Ben is also a current member of a Yale- and Oxford-based research group studying the interface between international relations and artificial intelligence.

Katie Glass

Marketing and Events Specialist

As Marketing and Events Specialist, Katie is responsible for producing Effective Altruism Global and CEA's EAGx program. She joined CEA after 6 years working in the tech industry, building online communities for brands like Nike, Google and Pinterest. During her 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 launched by Google to enable collaboration on 'moonshot' projects focused on solving global issues.

Mason Hartman

Operations Analyst

At CEA, 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. She’s particularly interested in utilizing automation to save staff time and brainpower for high-level work and in improving the flow of information within and between teams.

Prior to joining CEA, Mason worked as a freelancer in a wide variety of roles, including research, event organization, and web design/development.

Amy Willey Labenz

Senior Events Manager, General Counsel

Amy is General Counsel and Senior Events Manager at CEA. She is responsible for US Operations, managing the Events Team, and producing Effective Altruism Global.

Previously, Amy was Chief Operating Officer of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute where she was also Executive Producer of The Singularity Summit. She also served as Of Counsel with Goodman & Hurwitz, P.C., a Detroit law firm that advocates for civil rights and human rights in police and government misconduct cases. Amy earned a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law after graduating summa cum laude from Alma College with a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Service.

Kathryn Mecrow

Office Manager (UK)

Kathryn Mecrow is the Office Manager at the Centre for Effective Altruism. She has an undergraduate degree in Law, a Legal Masters in International Human Rights Law and Practice and is studying towards obtaining a Certificate in Charity Law and Governance.

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, and provided consultancy services to corporate and non-corporate organizations around the world. Her particular interests are law, community health and optimizing operational systems.

Pablo Stafforini

Research Analyst

Pablo works closely with Will MacAskill on various research projects. He holds a BPhil in philosophy from Oxford University and was a founding member of Giving What We Can.

Stefan Schubert

Researcher

Stefan has a multidisciplinary background, with a PhD in philosophy and an MA in political science. Prior to joining CEA, he did a postdoc at London School of Economics, where he combined his research with outreach work in the field of political rationality. He set up the Swedish Network for Evidence-Based Policy, and has developed tools alongside clearerthinking.org including argument-checking of opinion pieces and political debates.

Sarah Spikes

Developer

Sarah received her BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University. She has worked as a Software Developer at Google and Udacity, and has taught Software Development with Udacity, Dev Bootcamp, Girls Who Code, Hackbright, and Make School.

At CEA, she is on the software development team, with a focus on technology to help foster community.

Kerry Vaughan

Senior Growth Manager

Kerry holds a PhD in philosophy specializing in applied ethics and value theory. Prior to joining CEA, Kerry ascended from a summer volunteer to running the Technology and Innovation Department of a $1.5B foundation in less than one year. While there, Kerry oversaw technology projects with a total budget of over $7M.

Prior to his work at the foundation, Kerry was a professional poker player where he used advanced statistical models of the relationship between chips in a poker tournament and expected winnings to win over $40,000.

Julia Wise

Community Liaison

Julia studied sociology at Bryn Mawr College and worked in donor services at Oxfam America before becoming a social worker. She serves on the board of GiveWell. She writes about effective altruism at Giving Gladly. She organizes an effective altruism group in Boston and is president of Giving What We Can.

Trustees

Will MacAskill

President and Trustee

Will is an associate professor of philosophy at Oxford University. Previously he studied philosophy at Cambridge (B.A.) and Oxford (BPhil, DPhil), and was a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton. When he joined the faculty of Oxford University age 28, he was the youngest associate professor of philosophy in the world.

Will is a co-founder of Giving What We Can, 80,000 Hours, and the Centre for Effective Altruism. His book about effective altruism, Doing Good Better, was released in August 2015 through Penguin Random House. He serves as Chairman of the board and President of Centre for Effective Altruism USA Inc.

Toby Ord

Trustee

Toby has held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Balliol College, Oxford, and is currently a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute. His current research focus is population ethics. He completed BPhil and PhD degrees at the University of Oxford.

Toby founded Giving What We Can and donates everything he earns above £18,000 to charity. His work on cost-effective philanthropy has received extensive coverage in the international media.

Nick Beckstead

Trustee

Nick works at the Open Philanthropy Project, and was previously a Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He majored in mathematics and philosophy at the University of Minnesota, and completed a PhD in philosophy at Rutgers University.

Nick’s research focuses on the practical importance of very long run outcomes for civilization, and deals heavily in the topics of existential risk, population ethics, and decision theory.

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