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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
2015 4 Daniel Dewey Chloe Cockburn, Daniel Dewey, Karl Smith
2016 27 Ajeya Cotra, Claire Zabel, Daniel Dewey, Helen Toner, Helen Toner, Luke Muehlhauser, Nick Beckstead, Rocio Alba Navarro Alexander Berger, Cari Tuna, Chloe Cockburn, Chloe Cockburn, Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey, Elie Hassenfeld, Holden Karnofsky, Howie Lempel, Jaime Yassif, Kaitlyn Krieger, Lewis Bollard, Mike Krieger Nicole Ross, Rocio Alba Navarro Chris Somerville, Daniel Martin Alarcon, David Roodman, Heather Youngs
2017 35 Ajeya Cotra, Claire Zabel, Daniel Dewey, David Manheim, Helen Toner, Luke Muehlhauser, Nick Beckstead, Nicole Ross, Rocio Alba Navarro Alexander Berger, Brian Tse, Cari Tuna, Chloe Cockburn, Chloe Cockburn, Claire Zabel, Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey, Elie Hassenfeld, Holden Karnofsky, Howie Lempel, Jaime Yassif, Kaitlyn Krieger, Lewis Bollard, Michael Levine, Mike Krieger, Morgan Davis Derek Hopf, Dev Basumallik, Michelle Crentsil, Morgan Davis, Nicole Ross Chris Somerville, Daniel Martin Alarcon, David Roodman, Heather Youngs
2018 44 Ajeya Cotra, Bastian Stern, Chris Somerville, Daniel Dewey, David Manheim, Heather Youngs, Helen Toner, Luke Muehlhauser, Luke Muehlhauser, Nick Beckstead, Nicole Ross, Rocio Alba Navarro Alexander Berger, Alexander Berger, Beth Jones, Brian Tse, Cari Tuna, Chloe Cockburn, Chloe Cockburn, Claire Zabel, Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey, Derek Hopf, Elie Hassenfeld, Holden Karnofsky, Jacob Steinhardt, Jaime Yassif, Lewis Bollard, Michael Levine, Morgan Davis, Morgan Davis, Morgan Davis, Nick Beckstead Amanda Hungerford, Anya Grenier, Daniel De La Torre, Derek Hopf, Dev Basumallik, Jesse Rothman, Michelle Crentsil, Michelle Crentsil Chris Somerville, David Roodman, Heather Youngs
2019 47 Ajeya Cotra, Ajeya Cotra, Bastian Stern, Chris Somerville, Daniel Dewey, David Manheim, Heather Youngs, Jacob Trefethen, Joseph Carlsmith, Kathleen Finlinson, Luke Muehlhauser, Nicole Ross, Persis Eskander, Rocio Alba Navarro Alexander Berger, Beth Jones, Brian Tse, Cari Tuna, Chloe Cockburn, Chloe Cockburn, Claire Zabel, Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey, Derek Hopf, Holden Karnofsky, Holden Karnofsky, Lewis Bollard, Michael Levine, Morgan Davis, Morgan Davis, Nick Beckstead Allison Gordon, Amanda Hungerford, Amanda Hungerford, Anya Grenier, Anya Grenier, Catherine Olsson, Daniel De La Torre, Dev Basumallik, Hannah Aldern, Jesse Rothman, Kira Maker, Leena Jones, Michelle Crentsil, Michelle Crentsil, Povneet Dhillon David Roodman

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
2015-01-01 2 Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey
2016-01-01 3 Chloe Cockburn, Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey
2017-01-01 20 Ajeya Cotra, Alexander Berger, Cari Tuna, Chloe Cockburn, Chloe Cockburn, Claire Zabel, Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey, Elie Hassenfeld, Helen Toner, Holden Karnofsky, Howie Lempel, Jaime Yassif, Kaitlyn Krieger, Lewis Bollard, Luke Muehlhauser, Mike Krieger, Nick Beckstead, Rocio Alba Navarro
2018-01-01 22 Ajeya Cotra, Alexander Berger, Brian Tse, Cari Tuna, Chloe Cockburn, Chloe Cockburn, Claire Zabel, Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey, David Manheim, Elie Hassenfeld, Helen Toner, Holden Karnofsky, Jaime Yassif, Lewis Bollard, Luke Muehlhauser, Michael Levine, Morgan Davis, Nick Beckstead, Nicole Ross, Rocio Alba Navarro
2019-01-01 24 Ajeya Cotra, Alexander Berger, Bastian Stern, Beth Jones, Brian Tse, Cari Tuna, Chloe Cockburn, Chloe Cockburn, Chris Somerville, Claire Zabel, Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey, David Manheim, Derek Hopf, Heather Youngs, Holden Karnofsky, Lewis Bollard, Luke Muehlhauser, Michael Levine, Morgan Davis, Nick Beckstead, Nicole Ross, Rocio Alba Navarro

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
12 12 0 Adam Marblestone, Alexander Berger, Cari Tuna, Christopher Olah, Dario Amodei, Elie Hassenfeld, Helen Toner, Holden Karnofsky, Holden Karnofsky, Howie Lempel, Jacob Steinhardt, Paul Christiano
2015-01-01 14 2 0 Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey
2015-03-01 15 1 0 Karl Smith
2015-08-01 16 1 0 Chloe Cockburn
2015-11-01 15 0 -1 Karl Smith
2016-01-01 13 0 -2 Cari Tuna, Holden Karnofsky
2016-01-11 27 14 0 Alexander Berger, Cari Tuna, Chloe Cockburn, David Roodman, Elie Hassenfeld, Helen Toner, Holden Karnofsky, Howie Lempel, Kaitlyn Krieger, Lewis Bollard, Luke Muehlhauser, Mike Krieger, Nick Beckstead, Nicole Ross
2016-05-20 28 1 0 Daniel Dewey
2016-06-09 29 1 0 Jaime Yassif
2016-07-09 34 5 0 Chris Somerville, Claire Zabel, Daniel Martin Alarcon, Heather Youngs, Rocio Alba Navarro
2016-07-24 34 1 -1 Rocio Alba Navarro Rocio Alba Navarro
2016-08-24 35 1 0 Ajeya Cotra
2016-09-10 35 1 -1 Helen Toner Helen Toner
2017-01-23 36 1 0 Michelle Crentsil
2017-02-20 37 1 0 Morgan Davis
2017-03-01 38 1 0 Brian Tse
2017-03-09 37 0 -1 Howie Lempel
2017-03-18 37 1 -1 Nicole Ross Nicole Ross
2017-05-19 36 0 -1 Daniel Martin Alarcon
2017-06-15 37 1 0 Michael Levine
2017-07-05 38 1 0 Dev Basumallik
2017-07-25 38 1 -1 Morgan Davis Morgan Davis
2017-08-05 39 1 0 Derek Hopf
2017-09-06 37 0 -2 Kaitlyn Krieger, Mike Krieger
2017-10-01 37 1 -1 Claire Zabel Claire Zabel
2017-11-01 38 1 0 David Manheim
2018-02-06 37 0 -1 Helen Toner
2018-02-26 36 7 -8 Alexander Berger, Chris Somerville, Derek Hopf, Heather Youngs, Luke Muehlhauser, Morgan Davis, Nick Beckstead Alexander Berger, Chris Somerville, Derek Hopf, Elie Hassenfeld, Heather Youngs, Luke Muehlhauser, Morgan Davis, Nick Beckstead
2018-04-06 37 1 0 Amanda Hungerford
2018-06-01 38 1 0 Jacob Steinhardt
2018-06-05 38 1 -1 Morgan Davis Morgan Davis
2018-06-20 40 2 0 Anya Grenier, Daniel De La Torre
2018-07-05 41 1 0 Beth Jones
2018-08-05 41 1 -1 Jesse Rothman Jaime Yassif
2018-09-01 40 0 -1 Jacob Steinhardt
2018-09-05 40 1 -1 Michelle Crentsil Michelle Crentsil
2018-11-05 41 1 0 Bastian Stern
2019-03-11 46 13 -8 Ajeya Cotra, Allison Gordon, Amanda Hungerford, Anya Grenier, Catherine Olsson, Hannah Aldern, Holden Karnofsky, Jacob Trefethen, Joseph Carlsmith, Kathleen Finlinson, Michelle Crentsil, Morgan Davis, Persis Eskander Ajeya Cotra, Amanda Hungerford, Anya Grenier, Bastian Stern, Holden Karnofsky, Michelle Crentsil, Morgan Davis, Nicole Ross
2019-04-28 49 3 0 Kira Maker, Leena Jones, Povneet Dhillon

List of people (82 positions)

Person Title Start date End date Employment type Source Notes
Rocio Alba Navarro Operations Associate 2016-07-09 2016-07-24 full-time [1], [2]
Helen Toner Research Analyst 2016-01-11 2016-09-10 full-time [3], [4]
Howie Lempel Program Officer, Global Catastrophic Risks 2016-01-11 2017-03-09 full-time [3], [5]
Nicole Ross Operations Associate 2016-01-11 2017-03-18 full-time [3], [6]
Daniel Martin Alarcon Scientific Advisor 2016-07-09 2017-05-19 full-time [1], [7]
Morgan Davis Grants Associate 2017-02-20 2017-07-25 full-time [8], [9]
Kaitlyn Krieger Funding Partners 2016-01-11 2017-09-06 full-time [3], [10]
Mike Krieger Funding Partners 2016-01-11 2017-09-06 full-time [3], [10]
Claire Zabel Research Analyst 2016-07-09 2017-10-01 full-time [1], [11]
Helen Toner Senior Research Analyst 2016-09-10 2018-02-06 full-time [4], [12]
Elie Hassenfeld Managing Director 2016-01-11 2018-02-26 full-time [3], [13]
Alexander Berger Program Officer, US Policy 2016-01-11 2018-02-26 full-time [3], [13]
Nick Beckstead Program Officer, Scientific Research 2016-01-11 2018-02-26 full-time [3], [13]
Morgan Davis Grants Manager 2017-07-25 2018-02-26 full-time [9], [13]
Derek Hopf Grants Associate and Content Specialist 2017-08-05 2018-02-26 full-time [14], [13]
Luke Muehlhauser Research Analyst 2016-01-11 2018-02-26 full-time [3], [13]
Chris Somerville Scientific Advisor 2016-07-09 2018-02-26 full-time [1], [13]
Heather Youngs Scientific Advisor 2016-07-09 2018-02-26 full-time [1], [13]
Morgan Davis Interim Director of Operations 2018-02-26 2018-06-05 full-time [13], [15]
Jaime Yassif Program Officer, Biosecurity and Pandemic Preparedness 2016-06-09 2018-08-05 full-time [16], [17]
Michelle Crentsil Associate, Criminal Justice Reform 2017-01-23 2018-09-05 full-time [18], [19]
Nicole Ross Research Analyst 2017-03-18 2019-03-11 full-time [6], [20]
Bastian Stern Research Analyst 2018-11-05 2019-03-11 full-time [21], [20]
Holden Karnofsky Executive Director 2016-01-11 2019-03-11 full-time [3], [20]
Ajeya Cotra Research Analyst 2016-08-24 2019-03-11 full-time [22], [20]
Michelle Crentsil Senior Associate, Criminal Justice Reform 2018-09-05 2019-03-11 full-time [19], [20]
Morgan Davis Deputy Director of Operations 2018-06-05 2019-03-11 full-time [15], [20]
Anya Grenier Grants Associate 2018-06-20 2019-03-11 full-time [23], [20]
Amanda Hungerford Senior Associate, Farm Animal Welfare 2018-04-06 2019-03-11 full-time [24], [20]
Cari Tuna President 2016-01-11 full-time [3]
Lewis Bollard Program Officer, Farm Animal Welfare 2016-01-11 full-time [3]
Chloe Cockburn Program Officer, Criminal Justice Reform 2016-01-11 full-time [3]
David Roodman Senior Advisor 2016-01-11 full-time [3]
Daniel Dewey Program Officer, Potential Risks from Advanced Artificial Intelligence 2016-05-20 full-time [25]
Rocio Alba Navarro Research Analyst 2016-07-24 full-time [2]
Michael Levine Communications Officer 2017-06-15 full-time [26]
Dev Basumallik Grants Associate 2017-07-05 full-time [27]
Claire Zabel Program Officer, Global Catastrophic Risks 2017-10-01 full-time [11]
Alexander Berger Managing Director 2018-02-26 full-time [13]
Nick Beckstead Program Officer, Global Catastrophic Risks 2018-02-26 full-time [13]
Derek Hopf Grants Manager 2018-02-26 full-time [13]
Luke Muehlhauser Senior Research Analyst 2018-02-26 full-time [13]
Chris Somerville Program Officer, Scientific Research 2018-02-26 full-time [13]
Heather Youngs Program Officer, Scientific Research 2018-02-26 full-time [13]
Daniel De La Torre Operations Associate 2018-06-20 full-time [23]
Beth Jones Director of Operations 2018-07-05 full-time [28]
Jesse Rothman Program Associate, Criminal Justice Reform 2018-08-05 full-time [17]
Holden Karnofsky Chief Executive Officer 2019-03-11 full-time [20]
Hannah Aldern Operations Associate 2019-03-11 full-time [20]
Joseph Carlsmith Research Analyst 2019-03-11 full-time [20]
Ajeya Cotra Senior Research Analyst 2019-03-11 full-time [20]
Michelle Crentsil Senior Program Associate, Criminal Justice Reform 2019-03-11 full-time [20]
Morgan Davis Evaluation Officer 2019-03-11 full-time [20]
Persis Eskander Researcher, Farm Animal Welfare 2019-03-11 full-time [20]
Kathleen Finlinson Research Analyst 2019-03-11 full-time [20]
Allison Gordon Operations Associate 2019-03-11 full-time [20]
Anya Grenier Operations Associate 2019-03-11 full-time [20]
Amanda Hungerford Senior Program Associate, Farm Animal Welfare 2019-03-11 full-time [20]
Catherine Olsson Senior Program Associate, Potential Risks from Advanced Artificial Intelligence 2019-03-11 full-time [20]
Jacob Trefethen Research Analyst 2019-03-11 full-time [20]
Povneet Dhillon Grants Associate 2019-04-28 full-time [29]
Leena Jones Grants Associate 2019-04-28 full-time [29]
Kira Maker Operations Associate 2019-04-28 full-time [29]
Cari Tuna Managing Director 2016-01-01 [30], [31], [32]
Holden Karnofsky Managing Director 2016-01-01 [30], [31], [32]
Elie Hassenfeld Managing Director [30], [31], [33]
Alexander Berger Program Officer, US Policy [30], [31]
Howie Lempel Program Officer, Global Catastrophic Risks [30], [31]
Chloe Cockburn Program Officer, Criminal Justice Reform 2015-08-01 full-time [33]
Brian Tse Consultant 2017-03-01 [34]
David Manheim Independent Researcher 2017-11-01 contractor [35], [36]
Karl Smith Consultant 2015-03-01 2015-11-01 contractor [37]
Adam Marblestone Scientific advisor advisor [38]
Jacob Steinhardt 2018-06-01 2018-09-01 [39] Work over the summer.
Daniel Dewey Consulting Research Analyst 2015-01-01 [40]
Daniel Dewey Program Officer for Potential Risks from Advanced Artificial Intelligence 2015-01-01 full-time [41]
Paul Christiano Technical advisor advisor [42]
Jacob Steinhardt Technical advisor advisor [42]
Christopher Olah Technical advisor advisor [42]
Dario Amodei Technical advisor advisor [42]
Holden Karnofsky Executive Director full-time [43], [44]
Helen Toner [45]

Products (1 product)

Name Creation date Description
Open Philanthropy Project AI Fellows Program 2017-09-12 A fellowship to support PhD students in AI and machine learning. For the creation date, see [46].

Organization documents (9 documents)

Title Publication date Author Publisher Affected organizations Affected people Document scope Cause area Notes
Reflections on Our 2018 Generalist Research Analyst Recruiting 2019-03-07 Luke Muehlhauser Open Philanthropy Project Open Philanthropy Project Muehlhauser gives an overview of Open Philanthropy Project’s recent hiring round, as well as some lessons that were learned in the course of hiring.
Comment on After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation 2019-02-28 Luke Muehlhauser Effective Altruism Forum Open Philanthropy Project Muehlhauser gives thoughts on applying to effective altruist organizations. He encourages people to not worry about wasting organizations’ time reviewing applications.
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.
Simultaneous Shortage and Oversupply 2019-01-25 Jeff Kaufman Open Philanthropy Project, Machine Intelligence Research Institute Job market commentary Various Kaufman articulates a puzzle: EA-related organizations take a long time to fill open roles, but there are a lot of people interested in joining such organizations. Although no individual organization is discussed in depth, job postings for the Open Philanthropy Project and the Machine Intelligence Research Institute are mentioned. Post also available on Facebook at [47] The comments on the Facebook post also show up in the original post location, and include thoughts from people on why they are not applying for EA jobs. A comment by Sarah Spikes notes her experience working on the tech side at CEA
Hi, I’m Holden Karnofsky. AMA about jobs at Open Philanthropy 2018-03-26 Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy Project Open Philanthropy Project Karnofsky and several other Open Philanthropy Project employees answer questions about what it is like to work at Open Philanthropy Project.
New Job Opportunities 2018-02-14 Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy Project Open Philanthropy Project A blog post announcing several openings for positions at the Open Philanthropy Project, including generalist research analyst and specialist AI alignment positions.
Comment on Let’s conduct a survey on the quality of MIRI’s implementation 2016-02-19 Nate Soares Effective Altruism Forum Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Open Philanthropy Project Daniel Dewey AI safety Soares responds to a blog post calling for an evaluation of MIRI’s research output and strategy. Soares mentions an ongoing investigation by Open Philanthropy Project, as well as plans for “an independent evaluation of our organizational efficacy”.

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