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We are Guarding Against Pandemics, a group of scientific and political experts formed during the COVID-19 pandemic and committed to preventing the next one. Learn more about our team below. 



Gabe Bankman-Fried is the founder and director of Guarding Against Pandemics. Prior to that, he was a staffer on Capitol Hill and worked for Civis Analytics, where he improved private House forecasting and resource allocation models that advised Democratic Political Action Committees and large donors giving hundreds of millions of dollars in the 2018 midterm elections.



Max Henderson is an adjunct staff at the Georgetown Center for Global Health and Security. He is also the Co-Founder, CEO, and Chief Data Scientist of CovidActNow, a US-based non-profit organization providing modeling and data infrastructure to help track and stop the spread of COVID-19. CovidActNow has provided real-time COVID-19 data to 10s of millions of American citizens and advised or impacted decision-making in 25+ states, as well as collaborating with the CDC and White House. Prior to CovidActNow, Max held various executive and leadership roles in technology and healthcare, at Oracle, McKesson, and Google, where he helped found Google Cloud.



Bill Beaver is a biosecurity policy advisor to Guarding Against Pandemics. He has written extensively on pathogen early warning systems and other technologies that will stop the next pathogen outbreak, including in a report from the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense. He is also a fellow at a think tank in Washington, D.C., where he researches biodefense policy. Previously, he served as an analyst for the Defense Innovation and Defense Science Boards, which advise the U.S. Secretary of Defense on science and technology issues.



Georgia Ray is a biosecurity policy advisor to Guarding Against Pandemics. She previously worked as a research intern at the Center for Health Security and has a master's degree in biodefense from the George Mason Schar School of Policy and Government.

Guarding Against Pandemics is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, whose donors include CEO and philanthropist Sam Bankman-Fried.