We’re Rethink Priorities. AMA.

Hi there,

We’re the staff at Re­think Pri­ori­ties and we would like you to Ask Us Any­thing! We’ll be an­swer­ing all ques­tions to­mor­row on Fri­day, 13 De­cem­ber.

About the Org

Re­think Pri­ori­ties is an EA re­search or­ga­ni­za­tion fo­cused on in­fluenc­ing fun­ders and key de­ci­sion-mak­ers to im­prove de­ci­sions within EA and EA-al­igned or­ga­ni­za­tions. You might know of our work on the im­pact of cage-free cor­po­rate cam­paigns, in­ver­te­brate welfare as a cause area, the risk of nu­clear win­ter, or run­ning the EA Sur­vey, among other pro­jects. We spend 80% of our time work­ing on re­search rele­vant to farmed and wild an­i­mal welfare. You can see all our work to date here.

Over the next two years we plan to try to find new ac­tion­able in­ter­ven­tions to im­prove an­i­mal welfare, fur­ther an­a­lyze nu­clear risks, use pol­ling to find win­ning policy changes, study EA move­ment growth, and much more.

About the Team

Mar­cus A. Davis—Lead Researcher

Mar­cus A. Davis works on Re­think Pri­ori­ties strat­egy and over­sees re­search. He pre­vi­ously co-founded Char­ity Science Health, where he sys­tem­at­i­cally an­a­lyzed global poverty in­ter­ven­tions, led cost-effec­tive­ness analy­ses, and over­saw all tech­ni­cal as­pects of the pro­ject. Be­fore join­ing the Char­ity Science Health team, he ran Effec­tive Altru­ism Chicago and worked with Re­think Char­ity co­or­di­nat­ing out­reach to lo­cal EA groups around the globe.

Peter Hur­ford—Lead Researcher

Peter Hur­ford works on Re­think Pri­ori­ties strat­egy and over­sees re­search. He also is a Data Scien­tist at DataRobot. He co-founded Re­think Char­ity, and is on the board of Char­ity Science Health and An­i­mal Char­ity Eval­u­a­tors. He has re­viewed and pro­duced re­search on cause pri­ori­ti­za­tion and effec­tive al­tru­ism since 2013.

David Moss—Se­nior Re­search Analyst

David Moss is a Se­nior Re­search An­a­lyst at Re­think Pri­ori­ties. He pre­vi­ously worked for Char­ity Science and has worked on the EA Sur­vey for sev­eral years. David stud­ied Philos­o­phy at Cam­bridge and is an aca­demic re­searcher of moral psy­chol­ogy.

Kim Cud­ding­ton—Re­search Analyst

Kim Cud­ding­ton is a Re­search An­a­lyst at Re­think Pri­ori­ties and is an As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Water­loo. She has a PhD in Zool­ogy, a Masters in Biol­ogy, and a Masters in Philos­o­phy. She also has a back­ground in ecol­ogy and math­e­mat­i­cal mod­el­ing.

Derek Foster—Re­search Analyst

Derek Foster is a Re­search An­a­lyst at Re­think Pri­ori­ties. He stud­ied philos­o­phy and poli­tics as an un­der­grad­u­ate, fol­lowed by pub­lic health and health eco­nomics at mas­ter’s level. Be­fore join­ing RP, Derek worked on the Global Hap­piness Policy Re­port and var­i­ous other pro­jects re­lated to global health, ed­u­ca­tion, and sub­jec­tive well-be­ing.

Luisa Ro­driguez—Re­search Analyst

Luisa Ro­driguez is a Re­search An­a­lyst at Re­think Pri­ori­ties and a Visit­ing Re­searcher at the Fu­ture of Hu­man­ity In­sti­tute. Pre­vi­ously, she con­ducted cost-effec­tive­ness eval­u­a­tions of non­profit and gov­ern­ment pro­grams at Im­pactMat­ters, In­no­va­tions for Poverty Ac­tion, and GiveWell.

Saulius Šimčikas—Re­search Analyst

Saulius Šimčikas is a Re­search An­a­lyst at Re­think Pri­ori­ties. Pre­vi­ously, he was a re­search in­tern at An­i­mal Char­ity Eval­u­a­tors, or­ga­nized Effec­tive Altru­ism events in the UK and Lithua­nia, and worked as a pro­gram­mer.

Neil Dul­laghan—Ju­nior Re­search Analyst

Neil Dul­laghan is a Ju­nior Re­search An­a­lyst at Re­think Pri­ori­ties. He is also a Ph.D. can­di­date in Poli­ti­cal and So­cial Science at the Euro­pean Univer­sity In­sti­tute. He has vol­un­teered for Char­ity En­trepreneur­ship and An­i­mal Char­ity Eval­u­a­tors. Be­fore join­ing RP, Neil worked as a data man­ager for an on­line voter plat­form.

Ja­son Schukraft—Ju­nior Re­search Analyst

Ja­son Schukraft is a Ju­nior Re­search An­a­lyst at Re­think Pri­ori­ties. Be­fore join­ing the RP team, Ja­son earned his doc­torate in philos­o­phy from the Univer­sity of Texas at Austin. Ja­son spe­cial­izes in ques­tions at the in­ter­sec­tion of episte­mol­ogy and ap­plied ethics.

Daniela R. Wald­horn—Ju­nior Re­search Analyst

Daniela R. Wald­horn is a Ju­nior Re­search An­a­lyst at Re­think Pri­ori­ties. She is a PhD can­di­date in So­cial Psy­chol­ogy, and has a back­ground in man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions. Be­fore join­ing RP, Daniela worked for An­i­mal Ethics and for An­i­mal Equal­ity.

Ask Us Anything

Please ask us any­thing—about the org and how we op­er­ate, about the staff, about our re­search… any­thing!

You can read more about us in our lat­est EA Fo­rum post up­date or visit our web­site re­thinkpri­ori­ties.org

If you’re in­ter­ested in hear­ing more, please con­sider sub­scribing to our newslet­ter.

Also, we’d be re­miss if we didn’t men­tion that we’re cur­rently fundrais­ing! We are fund­ing con­strained and have the man­age­ment ca­pac­ity and hiring tal­ent pool to quickly grow if given more money. We ac­cept and track re­stricted funds by cause area if that is of in­ter­est.

If you’d like to sup­port our work, you can find dona­tion in­struc­tions at https://​​www.re­thinkpri­ori­ties.org/​​donate or you can email Mar­cus at mar­cus@rtchar­ity.org.