CRA-W Staff

Erik RussellErik Russell

Director of Programs, CRA

As Director of Programs at CRA, Erik is involved with a broad range of programs focusing on human resources, community-building, and connecting CRA with the other organizations advancing computer science and engineering. He supports several CRA committees such as the Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC), the CRA Deans Group, and others.

Before joining CRA, Erik worked to advance computer science education through his service as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow within the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the National Science Foundation. As part of the Education and Workforce Program at NSF, which included initiatives such as Broadening Participation in Computing, and the Computing Education for the 21st Century, Erik has been actively working to engage and retain students from underrepresented groups in computer science.

Melissa BortsMelissa Borts

Program Associate, CRA-W

As a Program Associate at Computing Research Association, Melissa is responsible for assisting the Director of Programs in planning and organizing various activities and events for the Women in Computing Research program (CRA-W).

Most recently, Melissa has completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health and minor in Hearing and Speech Science at the University of Maryland. Melissa is focused on building her professional career and expanding her knowledge of the computer science field while working at Computing Research Association.

In her spare time, Melissa has a passion for adventure and travel, and has recently traveled to Guatemala.

Ayla Mangold

Program Assistant, CRA-W

As a Program Assistant at Computing Research Association, Ayla is responsible for assisting the Director of Programs and Program Associate in planning and organizing various activities and events for the Women in Computing Research program (CRA-W).

Most recently, Ayla is completing her Master’s of Arts in Museum Studies at George Washington University. Ayla is focused on her professional career and learning more about the computer science field while working at Computing Research Association.

In her spare time, Ayla has a passion for the outdoors and museums.