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 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 recently graduated with 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.
Head of Community and Outreach
Ben manages Aaron, Amy, JP, and Sam. He also 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.
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.
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 is an Events Associate at the Centre for Effective Altruism. He 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.
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.
Community Grants Specialist
Harri manages the EA Community 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 the Giving What We Can Oxford group.
Alex is focused on maximizing the impact of effective altruism groups, both through direct support and the development of group strategy. Alex holds a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and was co-president of Effective Altruism Cambridge.
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.
U.S. Operations Associate
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.
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.
Head of Tech
Sam leads Effective Altruism Funds, and works as a developer on several other projects. 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.
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.
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, Julia was a social worker, and studied sociology at Bryn Mawr College.
Sky develops recommendations on resources, policy, and strategy to support individuals and organizations in the effective altruism community. She works in close collaboration with Julia on community health. In her other career as an ASL/English/Spanish interpreter, she has coordinated national programs to improve the interpreting profession in the US. She is involved in her local EA chapter in Washington, DC and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Gallaudet University.
EA Grants Evaluator
Nicole runs the Effective Altruism Grants program, which funds projects and people that contribute to solving some of the world's most important problems. Before joining CEA, Nicole worked at the Open Philanthropy Project, GiveWell, and the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Cedars-Sinai.
We also manage operations for, and share office space with, the Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research.