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 EthicalSystems.org, YourMorals.org, and CivilPolitics.org. 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 RighteousMind.com.

Caroline Mehl
Executive 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 is an Associate Research Scholar at New York University’s Stern School of Business and she previously served as the Treasurer of Heterodox Academy. 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.

Fabio Votta
Research Analyst

Fabio is an early career researcher with an interest in studying political polarization. A social scientist by training and a passionate programmer, he seeks to address research questions at the intersection of the computational and social sciences. Fabio has worked as a junior data scientist at a small tech startup called Paraboost, where he applied natural language processing and machine learning techniques to improve customer response models. In 2018, he was a recipient of the Naomi C. Turner Prize from the World Association of Public Opinion Research. Fabio obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Stuttgart in Germany, where he is also currently completing his master’s degree in Empirical Political and Social Research.

Zoë Downes
Product Specialist

Zoë’s background is in communication and conflict resolution. After earning her B.A. in Linguistics from Brown University, she spent several years in the world of woodworking and custom design. During that time, she began studying psychology, with a particular focus on irrationality, decision making, and organizational behavior. She is a trained mediator, and has worked with nonprofits and courts in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 

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 EthicalSystems.org, YourMorals.org, and CivilPolitics.org. 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 RighteousMind.com.

Caroline Mehl
Executive 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 is an Associate Research Scholar at New York University’s Stern School of Business and she previously served as the Treasurer of Heterodox Academy. 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.

Fabio Votta
Research Analyst

Fabio is an early career researcher with an interest in studying political polarization. A social scientist by training and a passionate programmer, he seeks to address research questions at the intersection of the computational and social sciences. Fabio has worked as a junior data scientist at a small tech startup called Paraboost, where he applied natural language processing and machine learning techniques to improve customer response models. In 2018, he was a recipient of the Naomi C. Turner Prize from the World Association of Public Opinion Research. Fabio obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Stuttgart in Germany, where he is also currently completing his master’s degree in Empirical Political and Social Research.

Zoë Downes
Product Specialist

Zoë’s background is in communication and conflict resolution. After earning her B.A. in Linguistics from Brown University, she spent several years in the world of woodworking and custom design. During that time, she began studying psychology, with a particular focus on irrationality, decision making, and organizational behavior. She is a trained mediator, and has worked with nonprofits and courts in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 

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 EthicalSystems.org, YourMorals.org, and CivilPolitics.org. 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 RighteousMind.com.

Caroline Mehl
Executive 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 is an Associate Research Scholar at New York University’s Stern School of Business and she previously served as the Treasurer of Heterodox Academy. 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.

Fabio Votta
Research Analyst

Fabio is an early career researcher with an interest in studying political polarization. A social scientist by training and a passionate programmer, he seeks to address research questions at the intersection of the computational and social sciences. Fabio has worked as a junior data scientist at a small tech startup called Paraboost, where he applied natural language processing and machine learning techniques to improve customer response models. In 2018, he was a recipient of the Naomi C. Turner Prize from the World Association of Public Opinion Research. Fabio obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Stuttgart in Germany, where he is also currently completing his master’s degree in Empirical Political and Social Research.

Zoë Downes
Product Specialist

Zoë’s background is in communication and conflict resolution. After earning her B.A. in Linguistics from Brown University, she spent several years in the world of woodworking and custom design. During that time, she began studying psychology, with a particular focus on irrationality, decision making, and organizational behavior. She is a trained mediator, and has worked with nonprofits and courts in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.