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 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.

Daniela Cárdenas

Program Associate

As Program Associate, Daniela supports CRA and CRA-W program activities with administrative and logistical matters such as planning meetings, workshops, outreach activities, and committee support.

Daniela emigrated from Venezuela in 2007, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government and a minor in Education from Florida State University. In her spare time, Daniela enjoys watching football and painting with acrylics.

Alejandra Guzman

Alejandra Guzman 

Program Associate

Alejandra graduated from Brown University in 2015 with an Education Studies degree. During her undergraduate career, she was deeply involved with student organizations that supported underrepresented student communities such as first-gen, low income, etc.

She has continued that work in her professional career as she supports disenfranchised students, particularly in STEM fields. Before joining CRA, Alejandra promoted computer science learning through Code Success, a Google-sponsored program at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), which focused on enhancing NSBE members’ CS technical skills as well as professional skills to ensure they were job ready upon graduation. In her free time, Alejandra enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running and playing with her cat.