Lev Heller

Validation Associate

Before joining CAF America, Lev spent a year doing lab work at the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease to research the molecular processes behind a specific genetic immunodeficiency, and a total of 16 months spent volunteering as an emergency medical technician, split between Israel, Ghana, and Brooklyn. He also volunteered with Magen David Adom in Israel as an instructor for first responders. Most recently, he interned for 8 months at Friendship Place, a local nonprofit engaged in homeless services. He graduated with a BS in Economics from the University of Maryland, with additional focuses on statistics and global poverty.

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What inspires me to do what I do
I’m primarily inspired by a drive to never settle for less. There are so many ways the world could be improved, and I believe it’s everyone’s responsibility to push things to become better than they are. Even if it doesn’t work, there’s a lasting satisfaction in the refusal to accept defeat, and in always doing the most you can. To quote Camus, with probably not enough context, “The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart.”

Book that moved me
How to Actually Change Your Mind by Eliezer Yudkowsky

A person I’d love to meet
Teddy Roosevelt

Likes
Reading, Rock climbing

Slogans for life
“The question to ask yourself isn’t ‘why?’. It’s ‘why not?’”, and the aforementioned Camus quote.

Guilty pleasure
Sweets in the morning

Something someone would be surprised to know about me
I was a bartender in a dive comedy club in Jerusalem for a summer

Thing that really baffles me
How people can have careers as social media ‘influencers’.

Favorite meal
Schawarma

Random fact about me
I find goats inexplicably hilarious

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