Information for Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative

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Basic information

Item Value
Country United States
Website http://existence.org/
Launch date 2017-01-01
Donations List Website (data still preliminary) donor, donee

Staff count by year

Hover over a name to see the position and date range. This table only includes positions where at least the start date is known. The positions count can count the same person multiple times if they held different positions. For each year, a person is included if they were at the organization for any part of the year; this means the actual staff count at any point during the year can be lower.

Year Positions count Researchers General staff Associates Board members Advisors
2017 16 Andrew Critch, Gina Stuessy, Jeremy Schlatter, Kenzi Amodei, Kyle Scott, Michael Keenan, Rebecca Raible Andrew Critch, Eric Rogstad, Qiaochu Yuan Andrew Snyder-Beattie, Jaan Tallinn, Jacob Tsimerman, Malo Bourgon, Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, Stuart Russell
2018 20 Andrew Critch, Colleen Gleason, Gina Stuessy, Jeremy Schlatter, Josh Jacobson, Kenzi Amodei, Kyle Scott, Michael Keenan, Rebecca Raible Andrew Critch, Eric Rogstad, Qiaochu Yuan Andrew Snyder-Beattie, Jaan Tallinn, Jacob Tsimerman, Malo Bourgon, Matthew Fallshaw, Sam Bankman-Fried, Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, Stuart Russell
2019 20 Andrew Critch, Colleen Gleason, Jeremy Schlatter, Josh Jacobson, Kyle Scott, Kyle Scott, Rebecca Raible, Sofia Davis-Fogel Alex Flint, Andrew Critch, Eric Rogstad, Qiaochu Yuan Andrew Snyder-Beattie, Jaan Tallinn, Jacob Tsimerman, Malo Bourgon, Matthew Fallshaw, Sam Bankman-Fried, Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, Stuart Russell

Number of full-time staff at the beginning each year

The following table lists some dates and people who were at the organization on the given date (namely, the start of the year). The table may not list every person who worked for the organization (e.g. they could have joined and left in the middle of a single year). This table excludes associates, interns, advisors, and board members.

Date Staff count Staff
2018-01-01 7 Andrew Critch, Gina Stuessy, Jeremy Schlatter, Kenzi Amodei, Kyle Scott, Michael Keenan, Rebecca Raible
2019-01-01 6 Andrew Critch, Colleen Gleason, Jeremy Schlatter, Josh Jacobson, Kyle Scott, Rebecca Raible

Full history of additions and subtractions

This table shows the full change history of positions. Each row corresponds to at least one addition or removal of a position. Additions are in green and subtractions are in red. If a position name changed, it is listed simultaneously as an addition (of the new name) and removal (of the old name) and colored yellow. Additionally there are faded variants of each color for visited links.

Date Number of positions Number of positions added Number of positions removed Positions added Positions removed
1 1 0 Rebecca Raible
2017-02-01 11 10 0 Andrew Critch, Andrew Critch, Andrew Snyder-Beattie, Eric Rogstad, Gina Stuessy, Malo Bourgon, Michael Keenan, Qiaochu Yuan, Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, Stuart Russell
2017-04-14 12 1 0 Jacob Tsimerman
2017-07-01 13 1 0 Kenzi Amodei
2017-08-01 14 1 0 Rebecca Raible
2017-10-01 15 1 0 Kyle Scott
2017-10-03 16 1 0 Jaan Tallinn
2017-11-01 17 1 0 Jeremy Schlatter
2018-03-08 14 0 -3 Gina Stuessy, Kenzi Amodei, Michael Keenan
2018-03-21 15 1 0 Colleen Gleason
2018-08-01 17 2 0 Matthew Fallshaw, Sam Bankman-Fried
2018-09-03 18 1 0 Josh Jacobson
2019-01-04 18 1 -1 Alex Flint Qiaochu Yuan
2019-03-02 17 0 -1 Colleen Gleason
2019-04-16 17 1 -1 Kyle Scott Kyle Scott
2019-04-23 18 1 0 Sofia Davis-Fogel
2019-06-20 17 0 -1 Rebecca Raible

List of people (24 positions)

Person Title Start date End date AI safety relation Subject Employment type Source Notes
Andrew Critch Executive Director 2017-02-01 GCR organization [1], [2]
Kenzi Amodei Interim Deputy Director 2017-07-01 2018-03-08 GCR organization [3], [2], [4]
Rebecca Raible Writer and Operations Manager 2017-08-01 GCR organization part-time [3], [2]
Rebecca Raible Program Manager: Grants and Awards 2019-06-20 GCR organization part-time
Kyle Scott Project Manager 2017-10-01 2019-04-16 GCR organization [5], [6]
Kyle Scott Operations Manager 2019-04-16 GCR organization
Gina Stuessy Operations Consulting 2017-02-01 2018-03-08 GCR organization [1], [2], [4]
Michael Keenan IT Support 2017-02-01 2018-03-08 GCR organization [1], [2], [4]
Andrew Snyder-Beattie Advisor 2017-02-01 GCR organization [1], [2]
Malo Bourgon Advisor 2017-02-01 GCR organization [1], [2]
Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh Advisor 2017-02-01 GCR organization [1], [2]
Stuart Russell Advisor 2017-02-01 GCR organization [1], [2]
Jacob Tsimerman Advisor 2017-04-14 GCR organization [7]
Jaan Tallinn Advisor 2017-10-03 GCR organization [8]
Jeremy Schlatter Software Engineer 2017-11-01 position software engineering [9]
Colleen Gleason Operations & Finance Manager 2018-03-21 2019-03-02 position general full-time [10]
Matthew Fallshaw Advisor 2018-08-01 position advisor [11]
Sam Bankman-Fried Advisor 2018-08-01 position advisor [11]
Andrew Critch Board chair 2017-02-01 position board member [1], [2]
Eric Rogstad Board treasurer 2017-02-01 position board member [1], [2]
Qiaochu Yuan Board secretary 2017-02-01 2019-01-04 position board member [1], [2]
Alex Flint Board secretary 2019-01-04 position board member
Josh Jacobson Collaboration Manager & Project Manager 2018-09-03 position full-time [12]
Sofia Davis-Fogel Project Manager 2019-04-23 position full-time

Products (0 products)

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Organization documents (3 documents)

Title Publication date Author Publisher Affected organizations Affected people Document scope Cause area Notes
Comment on After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation 2019-02-27 Aaron Gertler Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Effective Altruism, Open Philanthropy Project, Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Ought, Vox, AI Impacts, Center for Human-Compatible AI, Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Job application experience Various Gertler describes his experience applying to various effective altruism-related organizations.
Comment on After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation 2019-02-26 Max Daniel Effective Altruism Forum Open Philanthropy Project, OpenAI, Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative, Centre for Effective Altruism, Future of Humanity Institute, AI Impacts Daniel gives his experience applying to various effective altruist organizations, detailing the time he spent on applications and preparation.
After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation 2019-02-25 EA applicant Effective Altruism Forum Open Philanthropy Project, Centre for Effective Altruism, Future of Humanity Institute, Effective Giving UK, Rethink Charity, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Global Priorities Institute, Ought, Veddis, Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative A pseudonymous effective altruist gives their experience applying to various effective altruist (and related) organizations.

Documents (0 documents)

Title Publication date Author Publisher Affected organizations Affected people Affected agendas Notes