The overarching goal is to create a highly coordinated 501(c)(4) AI Safety policy organization to lobby and advocate for policies that will:
The proposed organization ideally will be structured with teams focused on Sacramento and Washington, D.C. that will coordinate together on a multi-pronged strategy for lobbying and advocacy.
Policies to Investigate/propose:
Implementing software export controls
Regulatory institution for licensing/watchdog purposes
Requiring hardware security features on cutting-edge chips
Regulation/accountability deals for use and export of EUV chips/machines
Requiring a license to develop frontier AI models
Requirements for testing and evaluation and certification
Standards for identifying AI-generated content
Funding AI safety/alignment, interpretability, and model evaluation research/development
Requiring certain kinds of AI incident reporting
Clarifying the liability of AI developers for concrete AI harms
External red teaming
Cyber security auditing requirements
International collaboration frameworks
This grant would cover my personal salary while working to establish the organization and the basic starting costs to form the organization.
-Form a strong board of directors
-Find a partner to lead the D.C. team
-Select an office space in Sacramento
-Incorporate as a 501(c)(4) organization
-Establish an engaging web presence
-Build strong relationships with stakeholder organizations and legislators
-Establish policy priorities and lobbying strategy based on AI x-risk reduction and political feasibility
-Prepare for 2025-2026 California legislative session
How will this funding be used?
-Personal income 40%
-Incorporation and legal/consultant fees 30%
-Office space- 15%
What is your (team's) track record on similar projects?
I started in the public health field, and over the last few years, focused-in on AI safety. Now I am working to bridge the gap between AI safety organizations, AI policy organizations, and the government to foster coordination and increase our chances of mitigating AI x-risk.
Utah Pride Center: Front desk office management and resource database creator
African Impact: Instructed various community courses (e.g., HIV prevention)
Mothers Without Borders: in 3-person office; social media, event planning, fundraising, program evaluation
Best Buddies International: Secretary; event planning, taking minutes, data tracking
Non-profit Evaluation Mentee and Teaching Assistant: 2-year mentorship from Dr. Ben Crookston on nonprofit evaluation for impact/effectiveness; assisted in instructing and guiding university students through evaluating nonprofit organizations.
Utah Autism Coalition: Event Chairperson; planned events and outreach initiatives aimed at legislators, advocated for increased resources to improve health outcomes for autistic children in Utah
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN): advocated for health policy changes regarding cancer research, funding, and health resources in Utah
Actively contributed to policy reform discussions with renowned figures such as Laurie Garrett and Jon Huntsman Jr.
Attended legislative committee meetings to gain insight on procedure
Advocated for policy changes in my university, leading to significant policy reforms
Policy and Research
Global Truth Commission Index: Analyzed policy, conducted coding and weighting of variables, utilized human-centered design principles to create truth commission protocols, assessed final reports released by truth and reconciliation commissions, and collaborated with colleagues to provide recommendations for truth commissions in the context of Colombia establishing their nation’s truth commission.
Master’s Thesis: evaluated framing of HIV news and department of health content in the Philippines and barriers to HIV prevention.
Took multiple courses related to policy and research methodology at the undergraduate and graduate level, and received research mentorship from professors at my undergraduate and graduate universities.
How could this project be actively harmful?
Lack of coordination between other actors in the AI policy space and unintentional conflicting moves, but I am actively mitigating this by careful coordination and participating in meetings with stakeholders and individuals with similar goals.
Starting a 501(c)(4) that unintentionally poisons the well in the AI lobbying space (making it more difficult to make progress in the space later on), but I am mitigating this by consulting with AI policy and lobbying specialists, maintaining a careful and coordinated strategy with other people in the lobbying space, and aiming to build and maintain credibility for the organization.
Promoting legislation that appears helpful, but policies end up more performative than helpful at reducing x-risk. I am mitigating this by consulting with AI policy organizations and university AI policy hubs to create checks to have the highest chance at impact.
What other funding is this person or project getting?
No funding has been confirmed yet, but I have applied for a larger grant for the organization as a whole through Lightspeed Grants.