I'm the Executive Director of BERI. Thanks for the question, sorry no one's answered it until now!
BERI doesn't explicitly identify as an EA-aligned organization, but I wouldn't actively disagree with someone who called BERI an EA org. Some ways in which we are related to the EA movement:
- Our mission is to improve human civilization’s long-term prospects for survival and flourishing. That sounds pretty EA-aligned to me.
- We shared an office with CEA for a year.
- BERI job openings have been posted on the 80k job board, and we had a table at an EAG SF job fair in 2019.
- Multiple past and current BERI employees (including myself) personally identify as EA-aligned.
Despite these links, I haven't felt the need to state our alignment explicitly (e.g. on our website). I have some worries that this sort of question can contribute to an in-group/out-group mentality. BERI works with people who want to reduce existential risk, or otherwise improve human civilization’s long-term prospects for survival and flourishing. We don't require that our collaborators identify as EA. I worry that if we explicitly branded ourselves as EA, potential collaborators would feel less inclined to reach out if they didn't personally identify as EA-aligned.
Put another way: BERI has historically been an "EA friendly" organization, and will likely continue to be so. But "aligned" has some implications that I don't think are necessary or helpful for us as an organization.