Jessica McCurdy is from the rural town of Fort McCoy Fl. After being overwhelmed by the many good charitable and social causes she adopted Effective Altruism as a methodology for making the biggest positive impact. She believes that empathy should extend across the world and that we have the resources to make real significant change. She is also a part of the Yale Leadership Institute and TEDx Yale.
Mojmír Stehlík comes from an obscure town on the east of Slovakia, from which he has moved to an even more obscure town in Bosnia and Herzegovina to attend an international high school before finally landing in the lovely New Haven. He loves effective altruism for making living a life dedicated to helping others a quantifiable possibility. When he is not traveling to Yale Debate tournaments, Mojmir is busy looking for the right major to offset his future 80,000 hours of Effective Altruism.
Joshua Teperowski Monrad ’20 hails from Denmark. He learned about Effective Altruism during his gap year, and it has not only changed his outlook on choosing a career path but also affected his choice of major at Yale. One of his proudest accomplishments is an interview with Professor Paul Bloom on the relationship between altruism and empathy. For recreation, he recommends reading “Moral Tribes” by Joshua Greene and listening to the “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality” podcast.
Frankie, Silliman College ’18, is majoring in Political Science. She was formerly President of the International Students’ Organization, Head Manager of the Silliman Buttery, and currently World Fellow Liaison at the Jackson Institute. Since encountering Effective Altruism in her freshman year, Frankie has taken the Giving What We Can Pledge and hopes to share the ideas behind effective altruism with the Yale community through her role in YEA.
Stuart Nicholls ’20 is a Physics major from Adelaide, Australia. He likes Effective Altruism because it seems like the right thing to do and it makes a community of really cool people. If you see Stuart around campus he is probably running or learning how to play baseball.
Adam Madievsky is from Los Angeles, California. He is a prospective Applied Mathematics major with a concentration in Economics. He hopes to apply his future knowledge about mathematics, economics, and statistics to maximize effective charitable giving in his community and others around him.
Eric Wallach ‘21 is a prospective philosophy major from New York, NY. He joined EA because he sees rigorous evidence as vital to any ethical action. Even to intend “well” is to consider all options given available and/or reasonably achievable information— otherwise it’s just ignorance.
Sebastian Quaade ’21 was born in Denmark and raised in Uganda. Yet it was his experiences in his high school in Swaziland that led him to get involved in Effective Altruism. By some luck Sebastian ended up in New Haven, where he hopes to make a positive but humble impact whilst training his morality to be more consistent. Having joined effective altruism, so far so good. Sebastian (thinks he) likes to write.
Chloe Gonzalez, Pierson College ’20, is from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is co-founder of Yale Color Guard and an Anthropology major interested in social justice and women’s studies. She joined Yale Effective Altruists in order to inspire her peers at Yale to follow a career path that can make the most difference in our world, and to figure out what those career paths can be.
Vanessa ’21 grew up in Hong Kong and studied in the U.S. for the past six years. She plans to study Applied Mathematics concentrating in Economics, or Statistics and Data Science. She is passionate about applying economics and statistical methods to concretely and effectively improve the lives of the poor. She believes that the EA movement can truly help make the world a better place for all.
Chelsea Guo ’18 is a Nashville native and studies Political Science and MCDB at Yale. She’s particularly interested in better understanding the political and ethical implications of artificial intelligence. She previously worked at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University right next to the Center for Effective Altruism. She believes AI should be a major concern of all effective altruists as it poses worldwide existential risks but also potential benefits to humanity.
Sam is from Zimbabwe where he has always looked at the inequalities and layers of suffering that exist. Throughout his life in that context he questioned the role of both an individual and a community in the process towards positive change. For his final two years of high school he went to the United World College in Costa Rica but still looks to Zimbabwe as home.
Kumsal is a sophomore at Silliman college, and she is from Istanbul, Turkey. She is planning to major in Psychology and Computer Science. She is excited to be a part of YEA this year, and she is looking forward to being a Speaker Events Officer.
Lewis Ho comes from Hong Kong. Prior to coming to Yale he’d also studied in California and lived in Germany. He joined the Effective Altruists because he was trying very hard to figure out what he should be doing to make the world just a bit more of a wholesome place for people, and found in EA a community asking themselves similar things. With EA, Lewis wants to help build this community that helps promote critical thinking and action regards to service.
A researcher-in-training from the island-state of Singapore, Tan Zong Xuan ’18 studies electrical engineering and computer science at Yale, with a particular interest in machine learning of social and moral norms. Despite initial skepticism, Xuan joined the Yale Effective Altruists because they came to see it as one of the best ways to use their class privilege and relative wealth to improve the world, and hopes to use their position to help bridge the divide between social justice and effective altruism – a divide which rightfully shouldn’t exist.
Aaron Gertler ’15 is a co-founder of Yale Effective Altruists. He likes effective altruism because it promotes clear thinking and could make the future a better place to live. When not trying to improve the world, he moonlighted as the chairman of the Yale Record, one of the world’s oldest humor magazines. As a Cognitive Science major, he spends a lot of time thinking about how to convince people to do things. He also writes a blog on many topics, including effective altruism.
Tammy Pham ’15 was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and is fluent in English. She is a Cognitive Science major interested in memory and how it shapes behavior and identity. She hopes that effective altruism will build a world in which people live longer, create more memories, and form many more good memories than bad. She also danced with Phoenix, Yale’s undergraduate Asian dance troupe, and is now studying medicine at UC San Diego.
Robert Yaman ’15 is a philosophy and math major from Seattle. He views Effective Altruism as a worthwhile and productive philosophy to adopt when approaching the problems of the world, and he is particularly interested in EA as it applies to convincing people to adopt more pro-animal habits (such as vegetarianism) in their lifestyles. He also likes to sing and play nerdy games. Since graduating, he has worked at Google, and is looking to found a clean meat start-up.
Prague’s born and raised, Šimon Podhajský ’15/’16 received a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science with a focus on irrationality. Effective altruism appeals to him because anything worth doing is worth doing with a statistically significant effect. After graduation, he has worked as a postgraduate associate at the Yale Decision Neuroscience Lab and takes pictures of all the things on his spare time.
Gabe Rissman is from Summit, NJ. He is interested in doing the most possible good in his lifetime, and is particularly interested in existential threats to humanity. Gabe enjoys philosophical discussions, climate change activism, and floating dance parties.