Power is the Platform   

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. - Theodore Hook

Shape Policy By Demonstation

Promote Public-private Partnerships

Support Sustainability Goals

Deploy and Sustain Programs

Drive Technology Adoption






Without access to reliable power and water, communities cannot have security, health and industry. Clean, sustainable resources are necessary to for the billion people who live in poverty to build a path to prosperity.


The Last Kilometer works to bridge the gap between innovation and the adoption of sustainable technology.  Our programs show how clean energy, water, food and shelter technologies can be used by organizations to grow sustainably and become more resilient.

Introducing a new technology to the world beyond the grid comes unique risks and challenges. As a non-profit, The Last Kilometer helps pilot and study the impact of new clean technology solutions and help ready them for deployment at a scale needed to address global resource problems.




Our collective experience includes projects for the US Department of Defense, United Nations, Ministries of Energy, Rural Energy Authorities, communities facing water and energy crisis, commercial and industrial agricultural producers, universities and think tanks.



Jaron Rothkop

Mr. Rothkop founded The Last Kilometer, a non-profit focused on the deployment of clean energy and water technology, and is a founding member of 501CTHREE, a non-profit dedicated to the future of clean energy, food and water. He manages GreenLancer Energy’s solar project development portfolio and is a consultant to clean technology startups. He was President and CTO of ZeroBase Energy, which provided governments and commercial customers working at the grid edge with clean energy solutions. Mr. Rothkop was director of a technology and product consulting practice at J.D. Power and Associates and held management positions with a supplier to the global automotive industry where he was responsible for building and operating new R&D, product development, marketing, cost reduction, quality and manufacturing divisions. He began his career designing software to transform the design and manufacturing of products and furniture. He has served as an adjunct professor at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University.


Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr.

Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr. is Chairman of the non-partisan Stimson Center in Washington, DC. He was U.S. Special Envoy for MANPADS Threat Reduction from 2008-09, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs from 2001-2005. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1992-93), Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (1991-02), and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1988-89), among other policy positions in the Departments of State and Defense beginning in 1981. Author or editor of two books and many articles, a graduate of Harvard College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, he is also President of Palmer Coates LLC and non-Attorney Senior Advisor to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Having promoted renewable energy innovation for military, government, commercial and development users for seven years, Mr. Bloomfield supports sustainable solutions as Strategic Advisor to Seatrec, Inc. (www.seatrec.com) among other affiliations, and as a Director and National Executive Committee Member of the U.S. Water Partnership (http://www.uswaterpartnership.org/).


Courtney Kosnik

Ms. Kosnik has worked in public accounting since June of 1996. She went on to open her firm, Better Business Tax & Accounting, Inc in Metro Detroit, in 2001. She teaches continuing education with the National Tax Practice institute (NTPI) fellowship, which is run by the National Association of Enrolled Agents, at their annual conference in Las Vegas. She is involved in the Michigan Chapter of the NAEA and the National level of the NAEA. She has participated in Fly In Day, joining other Enrolled Agents in Washington DC to walk the halls of Congress and meet with Congressional members and their staff in an attempt to educate them on various areas of the Tax Code and its impact on taxpayers. She recently co-authored a chapter on taxation of trusts in the book: Administering the California Special Needs Trust, by Kevin Urbatsch.


Drew Fitzgerald

Drew is one of the co-founders of 501CTHREE and JUST, both formed to drive positive social and environmental impact in everyday items while creating awareness around energy, food and water. Drew was responsible for incubating JUST’s first major project, JUST Water, which was started to reduce the plastic use and emissions in bottled water packaging. Drew is the co-founder of the SDG Engine, a two sided digital marketplace to connect social entrepreneurs with stakeholders who have needs pertaining to achieving the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals; one of the founding advisors of The Prime Coalition – a revolutionary, and proactive, Cambridge- based, non-profit that is successfully steering philanthropic capital to direly-needed, early-stage, clean energy technologies; a design advisor to change:WATER Labs, a Cambridge-based accelerator developing transformative, clean water access technologies for developing countries; the Creative Director for the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, and a creative advisor to the MIT Plasma Science and Nuclear Fusion Center; and as a creative advisor to The Redford Center – an environmental and social impact educational foundation founded by Jamie and Robert Redford.

Advisor and 501CTHREE Founder

Michelle Klassen

Michelle Klassen began her career in humanitarian aid and non-profit management in the developing world. Since 2008, Klassen has worked to expand the adoption of clean energy technologies, with specialities in turnkey off-grid projects, energy storage, and power management technologies. Most recently, Klassen led ZeroBase Energy’s customer and solutions teams in the Pacific Rim, Sub-Saharan Africa, Defense & Security, and Emergency & Disaster Response markets. Her business development experience ranges from foreign and domestic defense organizations to utilities and ministries of energy in the developing world.

Program Director, Net-Zero Advisors

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