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Audience in Lecture






Sr. Director, Search & Strategy Consulting


Stronger Consulting


Naressa is known amongst her colleagues, family, and friends for her commitment and efforts to create a more just and equitable world. For the past decade, she has combined that unwavering promise with experience in DEI, Talent, Strategy, Operations, and Six Sigma to advance equity, educational and organizational excellence in the corporate, government, K-12 education, and nonprofit sectors. Her education sector work began as a Broad Resident at the Louisiana Department of Education where she oversaw and supported the development of the state’s educator support and evaluation system, redesign of teacher and leader certification, school turnaround, district support, and common core efforts. To deepen her understanding of educational equity and excellence, Naressa taught 4th grade and earned a teacher certification in elementary education.

She has partnered with clients and communities on a range of equity-centered consulting and talent work including EL Education, OneGoal, Black Education for New Orleans (BE NOLA), Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN), New Orleans Youth Alliance (NOYA), New York Urban League, and Unilever. Naressa holds a B.S. from Alabama A&M University, MS./Ph.D. from Purdue University, M.Ed. from the Broad Center, and an M.A.T. from Relay Graduate School of Education. Naressa lives in New Orleans.

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