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New Faces at CRA

By Elora Daniels, Communications Associate

The Computing Research Association (CRA) is thrilled to welcome two exceptional professionals to our expanding team. With a diverse range of skills, experiences, and innovative perspectives, our new team members each uniquely align with CRA’s mission to advance computing research and change the world. 

Join us in welcoming Richard Elam II, and Tori Madril to CRA!


Richard Elam II – Program Associate, CRA-WP

Richard Elam HeadshotRichard serves as a Program Associate for CRA-WP, where he actively contributes to programs dedicated to expanding the participation of underrepresented populations in computing. Originally from (west) Philadelphia, PA, Richard brings a diverse background in architecture, design, and UX design. Before joining CRA, he gained valuable experience in various design areas within the DMV region.

Richard, an advocate for diversity, believes in ensuring equal and equitable access to resources. His philosophy aligns with the wisdom of renowned Iraqi Architect Zaha Hadid, who famously said, ‘There are 360 degrees, why stick to one.’ This perspective encourages embracing a broad outlook, exploring diverse angles, ideas, and possibilities instead of confining oneself to a narrow viewpoint. Richard’s approach reflects open-mindedness, creativity, and a willingness to consider a full spectrum of options in decision-making and life.

Tori Madril – Grants Specialist

Tori MadrilTori Madril is CRA’s new Grants Specialist. Within the Contracts & Grants Administration team, she is chiefly responsible for subaward management for the CI Fellows grants as well as grants administration for CRA’s other funded initiatives. As a recent hire, Tori comes to CRA with several years of experience in the sponsored project administration space, specializing in post-award management.

Outside of work, Tori enjoys spending time playing beach volleyball, baking pastries, curating playlists, and working with film photography.

Interested in joining the CRA team? Keep an eye on our careers page and follow us on LinkedIn to be the first to know about future opportunities!