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.
Frances Kissling, activist, scholar and author is a long-time leader in the global movements for women's rights and sexual and reproductive health. She is a co-founder of the Global Fund for Women and The Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics. Kissling teaches Reproductive Health Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies fellow.
With over 250 articles published in venues including Salon, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New York Times, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and the Washington Post, Kissling has been a respected voice for women and girls.
Her international work includes testimony before the British, Uruguayan, Philippines and Brazilian Parliaments and lectures and workshops in more than 30 developing countries. She is a respected advocate for civil discourse and can be heard at www.onbeing.org/program/frances-kissling-on-listening-beyond-life-and-choice/123. She currently serves as President of the Center for Health, Ethics and Social Policy
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."
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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