Mel Chambers
MLPC Investments, LLC

Executive Committee Chair of Building and Facilities Committee

Mr. Chambers received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil and Enviromental Engineering from Utah State University in 1972. Prior to forming Chambers Group, Inc. in 1978 he specialized as a Principal and co-Principal investigator at the Utah State Water Research Laboratory, Utah State University. He participated in the development and application of mathematical models for the water resource systems, planning, evaluation and decision making. He has authored and co–authored several articles and reports on subjects including water resource system analysis, planning, evaluation and decision making with emphasis on comprehensive environmental management. In addition, he worked on development of a conceptual and operational framework for assessment of environmental impact studies within the province of Alberta, Canada. He coordinated development of a multi-disciplinary program of environmental research for Alberta Oil Sand, developed Oil Spill Contingency Planning in the Beaufort Sea and other environmental studies for energy and transportation projects.

He founded Chambers Group, Inc. (CGI) in 1978. CGI is an environmental solution firm specializing in environmental planning, impact reports/statements, biological and cultural resources, marine biology, compliance and construction monitoring and restoration. CGI is a solutions-oriented environmental consulting firm serving private businesses, industry, and government agencies throughout the western United States. The firm was formed to address environmental protection requirements set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970 (CEQA). For four decades, Chambers Group has been providing its clients with services in environmental compliance as well as natural and cultural resource management to keep projects moving forward through the environmental review process.  In 2014 Chambers Group joined the growing contingent of Employee Stock Owned companies in the United States. Mr. Chambers remains Chairman of the Board.

In 1984 Mr. Chambers purchased City Concrete Products Inc, a small southern California Ready Mix concrete company. He grew the company and sold it in 1995. He was Chairman of the Board for Southern California Rock Products and Ready-Mix Concrete Association and the National Ready-Mix Concrete Association. Mr. Chambers was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine’s special report as one of the 50 hottest Small Businesses in America for his implementation of W. Edwards Deming 14 Management Points. And, he has given presentations on how to accomplish transformation to a Deming-managed company.

Mr. Chambers has been involved with the Ocean Institute since 1989.  He has been a board member since 1991 and Chairman for 6 years in the early 90’s. He currently is Chair of the Facilities Committee.

He has stayed active with the Institute because he is excited about the unique hands-on immersion programing to teach children and feels few fields of study are more important to the future than science, technology, engineering, math, history, and the environment. Using the ocean, children are inspired to learn. Mr. Chambers feels the Ocean Institute has developed programs that get kids excited about science/history/the environment and they take that excitement back to their families and schools.