Marisa Midkiff Neal
Marisa Midkiff Neal is the founder and president of MMN Consulting, LLC. Marisa holds a B.A. in Psychology from Stetson University, along with M.B.A. and M.P.A. degrees from the University of Louisville.. For more than 20 years, Marisa has been involved with local, state and federal government agencies.
Marisa resigned from a position in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development as the program manager of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in Kentucky, the Kentucky Procurement Assistance Program (KPAP), when she launched MMN Consulting, LLC in July 2012. Marisa helped companies in Kentucky win millions of dollars in federal, state and local government contracts.
Marisa served in the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Office of Policy and Internal Audit as the manager of the Policy Branch. She updated the Finance and Administration Policies (FAP) governing procurement, accounting and capital construction activities by state agencies and vendors. In addition, Marisa led the promulgation of regulations that are part of the Commonwealth’s Model Procurement Code. While there, she worked with procurement professionals from all of the cabinets, Governor's Office, Legislative Research Commission, and Legislators.
Marisa was the legislative liaison for a state agency, and she has work extensively on public policies related to transportation, environment, economic development and land use, in addition to procurement. She worked for the City of Louisville and later for Louisville Metro Government, along with serving as a consultant to Greater Louisville Inc. and Metro United Way.
She has successfully written grant proposals for federal, state, local and foundation grant funding. The grants were awarded to nonprofits and government agencies. Projects range from homeland security to education and animal welfare.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) named Marisa the 2014 Kentucky Woman Small Business Advocate of the Year. For many years, Marisa has helped small businesses succeed through her work and her volunteer hours.
Marisa has spoken about vendor relations to buyers at the Kentucky Public Procurement Association annual conference, the Kentucky Regional Meeting of the National Association of Educational Procurement, and for NIGP. She speaks on various topics related to strategic growth, supplier relations, supplier diversity, public procurement and the technical aspects of government contracting to help small businesses grow.
She currently serves on the board of directors of the Network of Entrepreneurial Women, and is the Vice-Chair of the Rotary Club of Louisville's New Member Orientation Committee. She has volunteered with the national Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities to help veterans undertand how to contract with federal agneices.
She is a former board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Kentucky, Junior League of Louisville and the Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dog (GRRAND).
Marisa is a member of several organizations:
Kentucky Public Procurement Association (KPPA)
NIGP - The Institute for Public Procurement
The Chamber Jeffersontown
Junior League of Louisville
Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NEW)
Rotary Club of Louisville
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
Zeta Tau Alpha