Julia Wise

Boston Effective Altruism Group


Julia Wise is a social worker who, along with her husband Jeff, has made the decision to give away half their collective income to alleviate suffering around the world. Over the last seven years, Julia and Jeff together have consistently given a great deal of money to support charities that most reduce worldwide suffering, including those that fight childhood malaria. Julia is an advocate for effective altruism, the notion that those with wealth should give with an eye towards making the greatest impact in the world. Julia holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, and a Master’s in Social Work from Salem State College.

Interview Video: 

Matt Croasmun interviews Julia about the role of giving to those in need in her vision of a life worth living. Julia discusses the process of choosing where to give to maximize impact, and how she has made decisions about setting boundaries on giving.