Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1946, and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. He has taught at the University of Oxford, La Trobe University and Monash University, and has held several other visiting appointments. Since 1999 he has been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. From 2005 on, he has also held the part-time position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.
Outside academic life, Peter Singer is a Vice-President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UK), a member of the Leadership Council of Oxfam America, and a member of the Advisory Board of GiveWell.net. He has been recently named the world's third most influential contemporary thinker by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.
Peter Singer is married, with three daughters and three grandchildren. His recreations, apart from reading and writing, include hiking and surfing.
To learn more about Peter Singer's teachings, current research, and upcoming events, please visit http://www.princeton.edu/~psinger .
After earning a PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology from Clark University, Charlie became The Director of Behavioral Medicine for The California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno (CSPP-F) where he was a full-time professor for seven years. Before departing the world of academia, Charlie founded and directed the Anxiety and Stress Disorder Clinic, a treatment and teaching clinic for CSPP-F. Upon leaving CSPP-F, Charlie was recruited to The Men’s Wearhouse where over time he became head of human resources, stores, and marketing and ultimately President. In 2008, Charlie made the difficult decision to step down in order to fulfill his long-standing desire to work directly on wealth inequality.
Charlie became the Executive Director of The Life You Can Save, a non-profit that is dedicated to dramatically reducing extreme poverty and its devastating effects on over 700 million men, women and children globally. Through his financial support and leadership, Charlie has helped Peter Singer develop this organization from the ground up. With his keen understanding of human behavior, organizational development, and his consensus-building leadership style, Charlie continues to guide The Life You Can Save's team today.
"I often have the feeling that the life I am saving is my own, because helping to ameliorate suffering and saving lives among the world's poorest people through the work of great charities like those we recommend is such a rare privilege."
In the midst of a ten year career with a prominent hedge fund, earning much more than he needed, Jon became interested in effective philanthropy through GiveWell's research and analysis. Jon later served on GiveWell's board of directors and went on to found A Path That’s Clear. In an effort to leverage the impact of his personal donations, Jon began running "Giving Games" that allow participants to donate existing funds to charities of their choice, and have engaged thousands of people in conversations about how to best donate. Jon is pleased to use Giving Games to spread The Life You Can Save's vital message. As COO, Jon is also responsible for strategy and oversight of all of the organization's internal programs.
The year after reading the name-sake book by Peter Singer, Claire Knowlton co-founded The Life You Can Save and volunteers her time as President of the Board of Directors. In her day job, Claire runs the Los Angeles office of Nonprofit Finance Fund, where her team provides strategic financial advice to mission-driven organizations and funders across the United States. Her previous experience includes working as an independent auditor and tax preparer for nonprofits. From 2005-2013 she served as the executive director of a community-based nonprofit, where she brought the organization from financial distress to a model of excellence in programming and organizational management. She advocates for better funding practices that strengthen, rather than starve, nonprofits with the belief that resilient organizations deliver more impactful programs. Claire is a vegan, a feminist, and promoter of all things that enhance equality and justice.
"By sheer accident, I was born to middle class parents in California with access to education, health care, physical safety, and an abundance of food. I didn't earn these things, and I don't deserve them any more or less than anyone else: It's an injustice that has worked in my favor. I have a responsibility to use my good fortune to help others. What gives my life meaning is not the accumulation of more things, but the amount of good I can do."
Amy's background is in secondary education, with a focus on teaching English and Social History to at-risk high school students. With a lifelong awareness of how fortunate she is in a world of grossly imbalanced fortune, she felt immediate resonance with The Life You Can Save's message. Amy feels lucky to have found a "home" here alongside smart, dedicated people for whom working to combat extreme poverty is a fundamental way of seeing the world and their place in it.
"Now, with The Life You Can Save, I am inspired to be engaged in something transformative on a worldwide level."
Llamil is an industrial engineer with a decade of experience in food manufacturing. In addition to opening and operating four successful restaurants, Llamil has used his skills to manage a tech company and found his own web design and hosting company in his native Costa Rica. Besides his wife and kids, he is passionate about advertising/marketing and information systems. Llamil is a very kind and knowledgeable person; if you have any questions or suggestions regarding the website, let him know!
"Although one is not necessarily responsible for the misfortunes of others, we do have a moral responsibility to help and it is our duty, as it is to pay our debts or educate our children."
A Pomona College graduate and Fulbright scholar originally hailing from Arlington, Virginia, Laura is a director/producer and founder of film production company, Daydream Reels. Dedicated to telling unknown stories from the Global South, Laura has studied the relationship between creative forms of expression and social justice movements throughout history in order to better understand the use of media to incite societal change. Laura's challenge is to creatively communicate The Life You Can Save's mission to the millions of people around the globe who want to help reduce global poverty but don’t yet have the resources or community to act with confidence in their efficacy.
Brad Hurley is a writer, editor, and project manager working in the areas of climate change communication and children’s environmental health. A former science journalist, he now works as a contractor and consultant to government and international agencies.
José Oliveira is an art teacher from Portugal, with a master’s degree in painting. In 2011, he spent two sleepless nights readingThe Life You Can Save. The book inspired José to start giving effectively, begin volunteering for effective causes during his free time and holidays, and change his diet and his consumer behavior. As a result, José found that he's become a happier person.
"Even if you don't believe this to be a moral obligation, it’s very hard to justify doing nothing--especially when we are so many times richer than those people who live in extreme poverty and we know there’s so much evidence of aid effectiveness. Maybe not everyone can donate up to 10 percent or more of his income, but if one’s donations go to the most effective organizations, then one can also have a great impact even for a small amount of money."
Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is an Effective Altruist, social entrepreneur, writer, scholar, and science popularizer. He is the President of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting Effective Altruism and rational thinking to a broad audience. He authored Find Your Purpose Using Science, the forthcoming Reach Your Goals Using Science and other books, and regularly contributes to prominent venues such as The Huffington Post and Lifehack. He serves as a tenure-track professor at The Ohio State University.
The Life You Can Save is a movement of people fighting extreme poverty. We hold that an ethical life involves using some of our wealth and resources to save and improve the lives of those less fortunate than us.
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