CEDR Digital Corps’ Directors and Officers comprise decades of experience in government, management, leadership, communications, analytics, and geospatial information systems.

Rob Neppell, President

Rob is CEDR’s President and Innovation Lead. His professional experience includes over 25 years of technology solutions delivery & leadership spanning sales, implementation, and operations roles. As “NZ Bear” Rob was a pioneer in social media, creating the “Blogosphere Ecosystem” which provided the first-ever ranking of blogs and foreshadowed social media analytics.

Crystal Smith, Treasurer

Crystal is a Board Member, Treasurer and one of the co-founders of the volunteer collective that CEDR has based itself on. Outside of her volunteer work with CEDR, she is an established musician, having played with a variety of bands and musical groups. Her recent projects include assistant producer and session work for an independent label.

Mason McDaniel, Co-Chair and Interim Secretary

Mason has spent more than two decades innovating and looking for ways to improve organizations. He currently serves as Chief Technology Officer for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Prior to joining the ATF, he spent six years in the private sector leading the IT modernization for a component of the Department of Homeland Security.

Chris Graziul, Co Chair

Chris is a Data Scientist at the University of Chicago working with the Urban Resiliency Initiative, where he is responsible for developing and applying machine learning techniques to understand the effect of local institutions on childhood development. Chris has spent the last decade in service of research projects applying advanced quantitative methodologies.