Jonathan Haidt
Senior Advisor and Co-Founder

Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is a social psychologist who studies morality; his current research investigates how to apply moral psychology to improve the functioning of companies, universities, and other complex social systems. He co-founded Heterodox Academy in 2015, and is also a co-founder of,, and Haidt is the author of three books: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2006), the New York Times bestseller, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012), The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (2018). Descriptions of his projects and lists of his publications can be found at

Caroline Mehl
Director and Co-Founder

Caroline has expertise in strategic planning, product management, and translating psychological research into innovative real-world applications. Caroline began her career at the private equity firm Blackstone, where she was involved in the firm’s inaugural Tactical Opportunities fund. She has experience in venture capital, social entrepreneurship, and venture philanthropy. She currently serves as the Treasurer of Heterodox Academy and she is an Associate Research Scholar at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Caroline received her bachelor’s degree from Yale and her master’s degree from Oxford as a Blavatnik Foundation Scholar.

Raffi Grinberg
Innovation Director and Co-Founder

Raffi is an educator and product manager. After graduating from Princeton, he worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company. He then managed the mental health product UpLift (an evidence-based self-help app for depression) and created DollarsEd (the app that teaches millennials everything they need to know about personal finance). He is the author of the published math textbook The Real Analysis Lifesaver and a part-time faculty member of Boston College.

Matt Motyl
Research Director

Matt Motyl is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Executive Director of He is a social psychologist who studies what makes communicating with others who hold different moral, political, or religious views so difficult, and what can be done to improve the quality of intergroup communication. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications and was named a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science for “innovative work [that] has already advanced the field and signals great potential for continued contributions.” At, he works with more than 30 organizations across the United States in designing community-based interventions to promote better dialogue between divided groups.