Pete Michaud

Executive Director

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.

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.

Michael "Valentine" Smith

Senior Instructor & Cofounder

Michael holds a joint Ph.D. in mathematics and science education from UC San Diego and San Diego State University. He has extensive experience with teaching and curriculum design in academics, martial arts, and now, rationality workshops.

Duncan Sabien

Curriculum Director & Product Head

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.

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.

Lauren Lee

Research & Instructor

Before CFAR, Lauren worked as an iOS Developer, organized the Seattle rationality community, studied biology at Caltech, and competed on the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour.

Jack Carroll

Operations Manager

This Jack of all trades coordinates logistics, ensuring that CFAR’s workshops meet and exceed participants’ expectations. They draw on their background in psychology and event planning to do this.

Adom Hartell


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.

Elizabeth Garrett

Community Manager

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.


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 is a mostly-independent researcher doing work on psychology and rationality. He has formerly worked as as a clinical hypnotherapist, and has a background in "great books" and classic philosophy. He wants to make the world better and help the people around them become stronger.

Michael Keenan

IT Support

Michael is a software developer and entrepreneur who writes software and provides tech support to CFAR and several EA organizations.

Adjunct 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 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.

Qiaochu Yuan

Qiaochu is 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, and is currently in the process of learning about machine learning.

Steph Zolayvar

Steph is a web developer with experience at Google and 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.

Timothy Telleen-Lawton

Tim enjoys empowering people, playing games, imagining possible futures, and being silly. He's currently taking a sabbatical to have fun with all of the above full time. He recently finished a four year stint at GiveWell and the Open Philanthropy Project helping the organizations grow and find the most beneficial uses for money.

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

Morgan Davis

Operations Head

Kenzi Amodei

Curriculum Developer & Head of Operations

Julia Galef

President & Cofounder

Davis Kingsley


Andrew Critch

Curriculum Developer & Cofounder

Cat Lavigne

Curriculum Developer & Instructor

Leah Libresco

Curriculum Developer & Instructor

Board of Directors

Anna Salamon


Jesse Liptrap


Michael Blume