Corporate executive - retired. Founder, Flood Shield. Engineering officer United States Navy - Retired
Mel J. Meinhardt is the Founder of Flood Shield, a National network of former naval officers working together to counter the threat of coastal flooding amplified by sea level rise. He also works in strategy development and implementation, having served in senior strategy roles with firms including Tyco Fire and Security (ADT, SimplexGrinnell, Sensormatic), Westinghouse Electronics, and Watkins Johnson.
Previously, Meinhardt served as an engineering officer aboard U.S. Navy submarines in the Arctic, then as a strategic analyst and technology manager for the Central Intelligence Agency. He was also a founding member of the Navy’s strategic doctrine think tank.
Meinhardt is a national trustee of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and president of the Greater Miami Chapter U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association. He serves as a member of the Resilience Committee for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; on the Sea Level Rise Task Force for the American Institute of Architects, Miami Chapter; the non-structural flood proofing committee for the American Society of Floodplain Managers; coastal committee for the Florida Floodplain Managers Association; and is a member of the Innovative Infrastructure and Robust Recovery Work Groups for Resilient Greater Miami and the Beaches.
Meinhardt received his B.S. in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and obtained his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He holds a professional engineering license, among several other professional licenses and patents, and is a certified floodplain manager.