Richenda Herzig

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More about me: 

I am Manager of LEAN for Rethink Charity. I began working as a project coordinator on a part time basis under Tom Ash in 2015. After completing my PhD, I took on the full time management role.

I have been interested in poverty alleviation and a career in the third sector for many years. However, I first heard about EA through my (then) friend (now husband) David Moss, having met as undergraduates (some years prior to the initiation of EA Cambridge).

I have a BA and MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. I earned my PhD at the University of East Anglia, researching the cultural significance of online reputation systems. 

In my spare time I am publishing material from my thesis, learning programming and improving my drawing.

Donations

How much do you plan to donate?: 
10%
To which causes?: 
Global poverty
For how long?: 
For as long as I can
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Views and values

Moral philosophy: 
Consequentialist/utilitarian (or think that this covers the most important considerations)
Causes you think you should devote resources to: 
Global poverty
Environmentalism
Cause prioritization
Meta charities which direct resources to these causes
Diet: 
Meat-eating
Other social movements identified with: 
Feminist
Rationalist/LessWrong
Political left
Causes and communities you're interested in: 
Earn-to-give
Effective giving
Global poverty
Movement-building
Prioritization research

You and EA

Year you first heard the term 'Effective Altruism': 
2007
Groups you're a member of: 
The 'Effective Altruists' Facebook group
The Life You Can Save (you've taken the pledge)
Local EA group
Which factors were important in 'getting you into' Effective Altruism, or altering your actions in its direction?: 
Personal contact with an EA or EAs
Organisations you've volunteered or worked for: 
Rethink Charity
Number of friends who'd describe themselves as Effective Altruists: 
6-10 friends
How you first heard about 'Effective Altruism': 
Friend
What can the Effective Altruism community help you with? : 

The EA community is a great environment in which to pick up technical skills, which I am keen to do.

Career

Planned career path: 
Direct charity/non-profit work
Confidence that you'll take this career path: 
I am currently working in this career path, and do not anticipate changing.
Any ways you could help others with their careers: 

If anybody needs advice relating to academia, especially in the UK, then I have quite a lot of knowledge and advice to offer. I also have experience with community management on forums and social media.

Skills: 
Community management Research Writing and communication

Demographics

Name: 
Richenda Herzig
Gender: 
Female
Highest level of education completed or currently pursuing: 
Doctoral postgraduate degree (e.g. PhD)
Country: 
Canada
City: 
Vancouver
Religious beliefs: 
Christian
Political views: 
Left
Full-time student?: 
No