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Donations List Website (data still preliminary) donor

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 1 Ales Flidr
2018 1 Johannes Treutlein

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

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 Owen Cotton-Barratt
2017-06-01 2 1 0 Ales Flidr
2017-08-01 1 0 -1 Ales Flidr
2018-06-01 2 1 0 Johannes Treutlein
2018-09-01 1 0 -1 Johannes Treutlein

List of people (3 positions)

Person Title Start date End date AI safety relation Subject Employment type Source Notes
Owen Cotton-Barratt [1]
Johannes Treutlein Summer research fellow 2018-06-01 2018-09-01 position intern [2]
Ales Flidr Summer Research Fellow 2017-06-01 2017-08-01 intern [3] AI policy research with Eric Drexler.

Products (1 product)

Name Creation date Description
Effective Altruism Forum 2014-09-10 With Rethink Charity, Ryan Carey. A community blog about effective altruism which often has posts about AI safety. The forum was announced on LessWrong by Ryan Carey [4].

Organization documents (10 documents)

Title Publication date Author Publisher Affected organizations Affected people Document scope Cause area Notes
Summary of Core Feedback Collected by CEA in Spring/Summer 2019 2019-11-07 Ben West Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Effective Altruism Third-party commentary on organization Movement building The document summarizes findings from feedback collected by CEA in the Spring and Summer of 2019 from "about a dozen people who work in senior positions in EA-aligned organizations" about CEA and the effective altruism community. The post also says "The feedback is presented “as is,” without any endorsement by CEA." Things listed as going well include (1) comnunity health and events projects, (2) smart, talented, and thoughtful members, (3) kind members. Things which could be improved: (1) execution issues with EA Grants, EA Funds, and other projects, (2) communication and branding issues with EA Global and the EA Forum, (3) perception of low welcomingness, (4) demographic homogeneity.
The peculiar #metoo story of animal activist Jacy Reese 2019-03-28 Marc Gunther Sentience Institute, Centre for Effective Altruism Jacy Reese, Kelly Witwicki, Julia Wise HR controversy Animal welfare Marc Gunther, a commentator on animal welfare activism and nonprofit activity, discusses the backstory and implications of the apology post [5] of animal activist Jacy Reese. He includes more discussion of the role of the Center for Effective Altruism, and links to the Google Doc [6] with answers by Kelly Witwicki providing background. Witwicki works with Reese at the Sentience Institute and is also engaged to Reese
Apology 2019-03-22 Jacy Reese Effective Altruism Forum Sentience Institute, Centre for Effective Altruism Jacy Reese HR controversy Animal welfare Jacy Reese, a public figure in animal welfare advocacy and a key member of the Sentience Institute, posts an apology on the Effective Altruism Forum: "It has recently been brought to my attention that I have made people uncomfortable through my verbal and written advances. I’m deeply sorry to everyone I hurt or made uncomfortable. I intend to step back from public life and the activism communities I’ve belonged to and reflect on my mistakes further." Marc Gunther, a commentator on animal welfare activism and nonprofit activity, describes the post as follows in [7] "An 812-word statement, under the headline “Apology,” posted last week by Reese on the forum of the Centre for Effective Altruism, the global hub of the effective altruism movement."
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.
Does anyone know what happened at CEA regarding the leadership change? 2019-02-26 Milan Griffes Effective Altruism Facebook group Centre for Effective Altruism Larissa Hesketh-Rowe Employee departure Effective altruism/movement growth Milan Griffes seeks more background for the public announcement of the departure of CEA CEO Larissa Hesketh-Rowe [8] In the comments, Sam Deere of CEA says "We don't provide specific details when staff depart the organisation." Also, others in the comments say that the announcement by CEA was unprofessional in many ways. Relatedly, Milan notes in the comments that Kerry Vaughan also appears to have left CEA
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.
Announcing a change of leadership at CEA 2019-02-08 Centre for Effective Altruism Centre for Effective Altruism Larissa Hesketh-Rowe Employee departure Effective altruism/movement growth The post announces that Larissa Hesketh-Rowe is stepping down as CEO of CEA, and says that she was asked to resign because she was unable to meet the performance expectations for the role
I took a significant pay cut to work as a software engineer for CEA 2019-01-27 Sarah Spikes Jeff Kaufman Centre for Effective Altruism Sarah Spikes, Sam Deere Job experience Effective altruism/movement growth In this comment on a post by Jeff Kaufman, Sarah Spikes describes her experience working for CEA, which she finds disappointing in various ways, due to the lack of recognition for her experience and the cancellation of the projects she was working on, without explanation. A later comment also notes her salary of $84,000. Original thread on Facebook: [9]
Since I am mentioned in person in this comment … 2017-01-15 Oliver Habryka Facebook Centre for Effective Altruism Oliver Habryka Movement building In response to an anonymous comment saying in part “I feel like a lot of skilled people are now wasting their time on EA (e.g., Oliver Habryka), many of whom would otherwise be working on issues more directly related to AGI”, Oliver Habryka responds that he is no longer working in effective altruist movement building and that he almost certainly should not have spent two years working in the area.

Documents (0 documents)

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