About NRNY Consulting


Nadira Ramcharan, MBA

President & Chief Executive Officer

Nadira Ramcharan, MBA is a consultant, trainer, coach, and executive 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. 


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 she is an Advisory Board Member for the Design Thinking Program at Pace University.

Melissa D. Elliott, LCSW-R, SIFI, CPC

DEI Consultant and Coach

Melissa D. Elliott, LCSW-R, SIFI, CPC serves NRNY Consulting, LLC as a senior consultant/thought partner 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).

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Jeanette Knotts, aPHR

Human Resources Consultant

Jeanette serves  NRNY Consulting, LLC as an HR Consultant, bringing 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 

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Jessica E. Pulley, MPA

Operations & Implementation Consultant

Jessica Pulley serves NRNY Consulting, LLC as a consultant/thought partner on program implementation and operations.  A native of Pennsylvania, Jessica has called New York City home for over 10 years.  Here she has grown and cultivated her professional career in education (K-12 non-profit and higher education). Jessica’s expertise lies in strategy, operations, and program implementation. 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.

Edward Morris, Jr.

Program & Strategy Consultant

Edward Morris, Jr. serves NRNY Consulting, LLC as a consultant/thought partner 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.



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