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We are the Centre for Effective Altruism, and we're striving to solve the world's biggest problems.

To that end, 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.

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.

Ben West

Head of Community and Outreach

Ben manages the Events, Grants, and Community Health teams, and 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.

Owen Cotton-Barratt


Owen provides strategic and research advice for CEA, and also works with the Events, Groups, and Grants teams. Owen is also a research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford. He has a DPhil in Mathematics from the University of Oxford.

Executive Office:

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.

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 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 Barry

Groups Associate

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.

Grants Team:

Nicole Ross

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.

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

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.

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 leads Effective Altruism Funds, and 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 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 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 Mayhew

Community Liaison

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.

We also manage operations for, and share office space with, the Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research.


CEA UK Trustees: Will MacAskill, Toby Ord, Claire Zabel.

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