CFAR Team

Staff

Timothy Telleen-Lawton

Executive Director

Timothy spent 4 years in research, operations, and management at GiveWell. He also lobbied for Environment America, wrote policy reports for Frontier Group, and ran political campaign offices. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford.

Anna Salamon

President & Cofounder

Anna has previously done machine learning research for NASA and applied mathematics research on the statistics of phage metagenomics. She holds a degree in mathematics from UC Santa Barbara.

Jack Carroll

Director of Operations

Jack studied psychology and gender and has previously worked as an event planner, data researcher, and legal assistant. They enjoy gaming, spreadsheets, and deep discussions on the intersection of culture and identity.

Dan Keys

Research & Data Analysis

Dan has researched the psychology of judgment and decision making and published a paper on the science of human rationality. He holds a master’s degree in social psychology from Cornell and a BA in mathematics and statistics from Swarthmore.

Elizabeth Garrett

Community Manager & Instructor

Elizabeth is an aspiring dicentenarian, former unschooler, and the current Chief of the awesome Event Horizon house in Berkeley.

Adam Scholl

Instructor & Special Projects

Adam has previously worked in politics, journalism and startups. He aspires to live in Star Wars and loves slime mold, ctenophores, weird timbres, metaethics, working memory optimization, David Attenborough, logical empiricism, swarms, sensible incentive structures and weddell seals.

Luke Raskopf

Instructor & Operations

After studying Political Science at Duke, Luke spent a year teaching English in Spain on a Fulbright scholarship. He recently joined CFAR to become an instructor, run workshop operations, and manage miscellaneous projects. He can be found exploring methods of communication and introspection, climbing trees, and making music.

Qiaochu Yuan

Research & Instructor

Qiaochu was a Ph.D. student in mathematics at UC Berkeley on an NSF fellowship with an extensive background in category theory, algebraic topology, and related subjects. He has written thousands of answers to other people's questions about mathematics on Quora, MathOverflow, and math.stackexchange.

Pete Michaud

Executive Director Emeritus & Facilitator in Residence

Pete worked as a software architect and consultant before getting serious about developmental psychology. He cofounded an emotional intelligence and communication training organization, and he joined CFAR after helping on several projects including EA Global and EA Action.

Contractors

Ben Sancetta

IT Support

Ben was a mechanical engineer before starting at CFAR. He enjoys learning new things, like who people are and what they think about, and rock climbing (his favorite game).

Eli Tyre

Research & Special Projects

Eli's deeply committed to making the world better, in whatever way he can. His current focus is developing frameworks for bridging deep intractable-seeming disagreements and for transferring tacit knowledge between people. He's also been thinking about the history of science and bridgings between phenomenology and neuroscience.

Adom Hartell

IT Support

Adom likes everything except for opportunity cost. He's looking for ways to make the world more sensible, and for ways to get people to work together.

Duncan Sabien

Curriculum Advisor

Duncan is a writer, filmmaker, and educator, whose previous work included developing and teaching a special projects class for building rationality and agency in middle schoolers.

Instructors

Ben Goldhaber

Ben received his Bachelor's in Science, Technology, and International Affairs from Georgetown University. He currently works at Google as a Technical Solutions Consultant. In his free time he enjoys brainstorming what the worst startup idea of all time would be.

Eric Rogstad

Eric likes math puzzles, racquet sports, and people. He spends his days making Arbital.com. His quest is to understand the Universe, and he's surprisingly capable of juggling.

Jordan Tirrell

Jordan counts things. He also works as a math instructor and is interested in developing higher education classes to promote rationality.

Matt Graves

Matt worked as a data scientist in industry before becoming a staff writer for MIRI. His interests are in machine learning, efficiency, rationality, and the future. He has degrees in operations research, physics, and economics.

Oliver Habryka

Design & Branding

Oliver is a German expat studying computer science, math and whatever else currently comes into his mind. He is working on schemes involving rationality, Effective Altruism and building communities that will effectively solve the world's most important challenges.

Steph Zolayvar

Steph is a web developer with experience at Google and Arbital.com. She likes fire, adventures, dogs, and interesting road maps of human cognition. She's currently looking for levers she can use to nudge the universe in the right direction.

Tsvi Benson-Tilsen

Tsvi Benson-Tilsen studies mathematics at UC Berkeley and researches how to design safe artificial intelligence systems at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. He knows many riddles and can sometimes be found jumping, climbing, and/or wandering.

Staff Alumni

Michael "Valentine" Smith

Senior Instructor & Cofounder

Lauren Lee

Research & Instructor

Kenzi Amodei

Curriculum Developer & Head of Operations

Julia Galef

President & Cofounder

Davis Kingsley

Operations

Andrew Critch

Curriculum Developer & Cofounder

Cat Lavigne

Curriculum Developer & Instructor

Leah Libresco

Curriculum Developer & Instructor

Board of Directors

Anna Salamon

Chair

Jesse Liptrap

Director

Michael Blume

Director