Meet Our Team & Collaborators
Nadira Ramcharan, MBA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Nadira Ramcharan, MBA is a consultant, trainer, and coach with over a decade of professional experience. She is a high-performing executive with extensive experience in developing the skills and capacity of professionals with a variety of organizations throughout the United States.
Nadira focuses on building partnerships with stakeholders and setting strategies for program, operations, projects and talent management. She supports leaders in creating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) HR policies and practices to enhance organizational operations and performance. She strongly believes that employees at all levels, regardless of roles and titles, should have access to professional development, opportunities, and career paths to support their professional growth.
Additionally, Nadira is committed to developing and implementing College and Career Readiness programs for youth and young adults. As an immigrant who spent most of her life being undocumented, Nadira understands firsthand the importance of ensuring that youth and young adults have access to post-secondary next steps to create a successful career path to generating personal wealth and transforming their life trajectories.
She holds an M.B.A. and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management. She has a B.A. from the City University of New York-Bernard M. Baruch College. She is a John C. Maxwell Certified Coach, Speaker, and Trainer. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in Leadership. Nadira serves as the Board Treasurer at The Christmas Experience, Inc. and at Just As I Am YOUth Empowerment, and she is an Advisory Board Member for the Design Thinking Program at Pace University and at Black Nurse Rock Association - San Antonio Chapter.
Jessica E. Pulley, MPA
Chief Operations and Strategy Consultant
Jessica Pulley serves NRNY Consulting, LLC as a consultant/thought partner and collaborator on strategy and operations. Jessica’s expertise lies in strategic organizational planning (OKRs, KPIs, and progress monitoring), talent life cycle strategy (selection, onboarding, career pathing), and operations (policies, procedures, infrastructure and financial planning). Through her work at various organizations, Jessica has mastered the art of ensuring that the right strategies, systems, structures, technologies and procedures exist to ensure optimal organizational performance.
Jessica received her master's degree in Public Administration from CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College and her bachelor's degree in Political Science from Waynesburg University. Currently, Jessica serves as Director of Operations at New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development. In this role, Jessica leads a team responsible for program evaluation and assessment, budgeting and finance as well as systems and technology.
Melissa D. Elliott, LCSW-R, SIFI, CPC
Consultant and Coach, DEIB
Melissa D. Elliott, LCSW-R, SIFI, CPC serves NRNY Consulting, LLC as a senior consultant/thought partner and collaborator on Diversity Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Anti-Racist lens through research, training, programming, evaluation, and coaching.
She is the founder and president of MDL Coaching and Consulting, LLC., which provides psychotherapy, to clients experiencing peri-natal and post-natal anxiety and disorder, couple counseling, family counseling, clinical supervision, and partnering with consulting firms to build organizational capacity as an Anti-racist organizational practitioner and change agent for equity, humanity, and liberty. Her leadership style is collaborative and compassionate in order to build awareness, conscious relationships, organizational assessments, strategy, planning, implementation, leadership coaching and evaluation.
She is an adjunct professor at NYU teaching Practice I & II and Field instruction I & II, Field lab experience, and Diversity, Racism, Oppression and Privilege. She provides clinical supervision to Master of Social Work Students at CUNY Foster Youth College Success Initiative. She provides life, leadership board and executive coaching internationally and nationally Cultivating liberatory practices for those who experience inequities by examining internalized racial oppression and anti-blackness; developing voice and choice in the workplace.
Melissa holds a graduate master’s degree in social work from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in African and Latino history from CUNY-Bernard M. Baruch College. Melissa holds a certificate from Leadership that Works/Coaching for Transformation as a certified professional coach. She is a licensed clinical social worker (084193-1) with R privilege in the state of New York, she holds an executive education certificate from Fordham University and a Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) certified from Hunter College (CUNY).
Jeanette Knotts, aPHR
Consultant, Human Resources and Advisor to President and CEO
Jeanette serves NRNY Consulting, LLC as an HR Consultant, collaborator, and advisor to the President and CEO, bringing over 5 years of diverse Human Resources experience to the team. Her areas of expertise includes employee handbook development, employee engagement events and programs, and employee lifecycle.
Jeanette has supported clients in a variety of industries including nonprofit, risk management, insurance brokerage, and legal.
Fun facts about Jeanette:
Earned B.S. in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from SUNY Empire State College
Has an A.S. Degree in Business Marketing from TCI College of Technology
Earned aPHR certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI)
Loves incorporating meditation into her daily routines
Erica King-Toler, Ph.D
Consultant, DEIB and Human Resources
Erica is a collaborator and consultant with the NRNY Consulting team. Erica is a social change agent and career educator who works with young people and seasoned professionals alike to share with them the principles and practices of social justice, and the steps necessary to become fearless advocates for change connected to causes impacting families, communities, and the global village. Using the lenses of race, class, socioeconomic status, gender, and religious identity, she facilitates conversations that encourage people to think deeply about the influence of their own identities on creating diverse life experiences and the urgent need for these perspectives and their voices in the infinite spaces which they occupy.
Dr. King-Toler is an Assistant Professor in the SEEK Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). She teaches courses in social justice and education with an emphasis on developing culturally and critically conscious practitioners. As an MPGC consultant, she provides training on implicit bias, supports leaders and organizations in developing and practicing equity skills and interventions within job hiring and the interviewing processes. Erica speaks internationally about the need for cultural competence and the impact of implicit bias in the field of policing. She is also a licensed cross-cultural psychologist and trains social justice advocates, law enforcement officers, mental health providers, and medical professionals to consider the impact of race, class, culture, and gender on the work they do. Nationwide, Erica is a sought-after speaker on implicit bias, the impact of educational inequalities on children of color, health disparities, and the importance of maintaining good mental health in everyday living.
Dr. King-Toler is affiliated with the American Psychological Association and the NY Association of Black Psychologists. She earned an EdM in Higher Education, an MA in Student Personnel Administration, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Consultant, Program and Strategy
Jacob Michelman serves NRNY Consulting as a thought partner and collaborator focusing on program and strategy in education and has been in education for over 20 years. He started as a high school math teacher in New Jersey for five years. He was the youngest candidate accepted into the first cohort of the New York City Leadership Academy under the direction of Bob Knowling and Sandra Stein. He completed his Masters at Fordham University where he became a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi for academic achievement.
In 2006, Jacob Michelman became one of the youngest principals in New York City where he led a failing school to achieve a Well-Developed rating on the Quality Review, from an F to A on the School Report Card, and removed the school from the Persistently Dangerous School List and The Failing School List for the State of New York. He raised over $3 million dollars to improve the quality of the school including a state-of-the-art library and computers for all his students allowing for huge strides to be made in systemically implementing technology throughout his school.
After 10 and a half years as a principal, Jacob stepped into the world of educational consultant where he shares his expertise in school leadership and systemic change with schools throughout the nation. Within this field, Jacob created a vision and co-wrote several curriculums for leadership development, built up and trained a team to deliver content, developed and monitored an evaluation plan to authentically measure participant learning, and orchestrated an expansion in programming resulting in over $1 million worth of partnerships in a single year. He recently started his own company called Lead to Empower and has expanded his work to the corporate world by providing coaching to several executives. He is currently studying Organizational Change and Leadership for his Doctoral Program at USC.
Consultant and Coach, Career Readiness Programming for Youth and Young Adults
Josmerly services NRNY Consulting, LLC as a consultant, coach, and collaborator. Josmerly has a Social Work Degree and has been in the field for 11 years now. Her work expertise includes child welfare, parental coaching, youth and young adult services, women empowerment, career readiness, nonprofits, and juvenile systems. In addition to these areas of expertise, I currently work solely with Young Adults who are getting ready for the workforce after completing their degrees by setting attainable SMART goals and asking challenging questions that will help them recognize and value both their work skills and worth. Doing this work has inspired her to build and design a program that will empower and educate young adults and adults of color to be successful in the workplace or in their careers. She is the founder of Lead To Empower, where she offers Empowering Career Services and Professional Roundtables along with tools that will also be useful in any work setting. As a coach and mentor, her goal is to provide support from a strength-based and focused solution approach and guide you while crafting your career path. In addition to Lead To Empower, she is also the founder of Mommies That Wine, a virtual series where mommies around the world gather to discuss motherhood challenges in authentic conversations, provide emotional support, motherhood empowerment, and advocacy. Due to the work she has done in the community, she was recognized with the Women Prestigious Award by the National Action Network. This award was dedicated to her Community Service, which I proudly continue to actively serve. There is nothing more valuable to her than empowering a community of rising youth and young adults!
Edward Morris, Jr.
Consultant, Program and Strategy
Edward Morris, Jr. serves NRNY Consulting, LLC as a consultant/thought partner and collaborator on program and content design. He is the Founder and President of VisionPort, LLC., which focuses on building capacity (intelligence) of leaders to effectively influence their work, teams, and spheres of operation. VisionPort, LLC. has three essential pathways of impact: Training, Strategy, and Leadership Coaching. One primary arm of VisionPort, LLC. focuses on guiding the design of small business and nonprofit leadership development programming. Ed’s leadership work extends well beyond Visionport, LLC. He is also the Vice President of Programs and Services with Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity. BranchED is currently the premiere education nonprofit that represents a national network of high impact educator prep programs at minority serving institutions (MSIs), such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Asian American and Native Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. At BranchED, Ed Morris leads all programs and service provision to maximize the capacity of these MSIs to deliver high quality educator preparation through training and technical assistance.
Previously, he served in multiple Executive Director roles with New Leaders, Inc. (previously New Leaders for New Schools), which has prepared approximately 3,200 K-12 leaders across the country. At New Leaders, Ed was the national Executive Director of the organization’s Instructional Leadership (Program Strategy), Instructional Design (Professional Development), and their flagship program, Aspiring Principals Program (Leadership Program). Ed also led program strategy and professional development for LEAP Innovations, a non-profit focused on personalized learning for K-12 students. Prior to his work in nonprofit, Ed proudly served several years as an accomplished K-8 principal of one of the nation’s first widely recognized turnaround schools and a middle school teacher in Chicago. Ed has degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and National Louis University.