Mel Dinkel serves San Diego Zoo Global and the Center for Plant Conservation as an operations consultant. In this role, he is advising our Plant Conservation team as they develop their strategic vision for the future. He is a turnaround specialist with a track record of developing winning teams to improve profitability, reduce inefficiencies, and build strong relationships with stakeholders. Mel’s areas of expertise include strategic business planning, operations management, project management, and process improvement.
Mel’s past positions include Director of Operations and Strategic Planning for General Electric, where he served for more than 20 years and was responsible for operations in the western United States and nationwide strategic customers. There, he managed a budget in excess of $200 million annually and a staff of more than 250 people. He served as Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer for the Catalina Island Conservancy for almost a decade, and is former CEO of the Claremont University Consortium. Currently, he is treasurer and a board member for Xela AID, an international development organization.
Mel earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University and his MBA from Chapman University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer.