MK Merrigan

Michelle Klassen Merrigan (“MK”) of MK Advisors, began her career in humanitarian aid, working frequently in resource-restricted environments. For the past decade, MK has worked to facilitate and accelerate the adoption of strategic solutions for resource equity needs, while also educating policymakers to support smart, affordable technologies that enable creative financial models. MK created an innovative model that allows for emerging technologies to be fielded, and commercialized at scale, inside of the communities that need the solutions most. Knowledge transfer, female empowerment, economic development, and clean climate solutions are the very foundation of this vision.

Through these models, MK seeks to empower communities at the local level, giving access to an international toolkit of bankable, sustainable solutions, to harness economies of scale through aggregating a portfolio of projects. 


Over the years, MK has worked with Department of Defense (DoD) engineering research labs, industry, academia, and investors, focused on the mission of reducing carbon output through creative, clean, replicable solutions. Because of this international focus, and the rapidly evolving geo-political shifts taking place, the very focus of her work has been in national security and the intersection of community stabilization. MK has incubated Mana Pacific, Protect The Line, and Mana Boxes, and is currently working to expand this vision in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2022.

“The center of my world revolves around doing good things, with good people, in good places.”

What does mk advisors do?

This team is responsible for some of our industry’s most incredible firsts, including:

  • Long-term strategic resource & infrastructure planning
  • Off-grid and grid-connected microgrids and mini-grids 
  • Energy storage, fixed & mobile 
  • Mobile & expeditionary power
  • Supply chain & logistics in difficult-to-reach regions
  • Subject matter expertise (SME) in financeable technologies
  • SME in developing economies
  • Regulation & policy modernization
  • Resiliency costs & analysis
  • Stakeholder engagement – from community to executive 
  • Network of strategic partners 
  • Training to industry standards
  • Operational assets dependent on power: telecommunications, water filtration, medicine/vaccine refrigeration, waste
Energy

MK Advisors, LLC Awarded USAID Contract for Advancing Modern Power through Utility Partnerships “AmpUp”

Brighton, MI – October 5, 2021 – MK Advisors joins co-creation collaborative to enable and facilitate the future of modern power through utility partnerships. On July 20, USAID launched the $39M the Advancing Modern Power through Utility Partnerships (AMP-UP) program introduces an innovative performance improvement model centered around peer-to-peer relationships and strong practitioner and stakeholder networks to deploy expertise and establish pathways to implement best practices with measurable and sustainable impacts. This work will take a new approach to building collaborative structures for USAID-assisted utilities. […]

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MK Advisors Announces Michael Johnson as Newest Member of Strategic Energy Ecosystem

MK Advisors (MKA), a woman-owned consulting group focused on sustainable and resilient power solutions, is pleased to announce Michael Johnson, Senior Energy Management & Sustainability Consultant for Viriditas Energy, as the newest addition to MKA’s strategic partnership ecosystem.  […]

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Justin Reflects on the Importance of Company Values

Long before I worked for MK Advisors, I was part of an inspired little company full of the sorts of people that a corporate HR guide might suggestively describe as ‘unorthodox.’ A hypothetical quarterly performance review might have said of each of us, to a soul: “ is so creative, forward-thinking, and takes initiative, but we’re concerned that they might not be the right culture fit for our organization.” […]

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The Future of Resilience Will Come Through Inclusive Coalitions – Not Corporate Strategies

Long before I worked for MK Advisors, I was part of an inspired little company full of the sorts of people that a corporate HR guide might suggestively describe as ‘unorthodox.’ A hypothetical quarterly performance review might have said of each of us, to a soul: “ is so creative, forward-thinking, and takes initiative, but we’re concerned that they might not be the right culture fit for our organization.” […]

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A deep dive into MK Advisors

At MK Advisors, our “bench” is deep. We have experts from all over the world who are supreme artisans of their craft. This diversity of expertise gives us the ever-expanding toolkit that most communities need access to as they journey toward resiliency. This is true of energy and water infrastructure we promote by advancing modern power through partnerships, but it is also true of our other, non-traditional projects. Learn more … […]

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