Mel Jones is a Diversity & Inclusion authority with one of the most financially sound construction and development companies in the country with expertise in construction, civil infrastructure, public-private partnerships and commercial development initiatives in select U.S. markets.
Professionally, Mel serves as the National Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Skanska USA Building Inc. He is responsible for Skanska’s D&I efforts, which focus on recruiting a large and diverse pool of talent, creating an inclusive workplace culture, and developing a diverse pool of talent — both internally for the company and externally through company partnerships.
Mel joined Skanska in 2010 as diversity manager for the company’s Northwest region where he created and oversaw the award-winning BOOST Program, a Mentor Protégé initiative. As National Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Mel’s focus is on the implementation of Skanska USA’s National Diversity & Inclusion strategies and the achievement of the firm’s diversity-related targets. He consults with the organization’s operations leaders in developing and integrating diversity goals and strategies into all business, planning processes and practices.
Under Mel’s leadership, the NW Region Diversity Program outperformed the area diversity requirements on a consistent basis for 7 years. In 2015 alone, his program assisted in winning $1.2 billion worth of work. More recently, the La Guardia, Phoenix Sky Harbor, and Portland International Airport Terminal Expansion are projects that, because of his Diversity program, are currently on track to outperform their diversity goals.
In addition to his role at Skanska, Jones is a past member of the board of directors of Vantage Point, an organization that helps fill the need of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation in commerce. In 2012, he was selected as one of “America’s Top Diversity Champions” by DiversityBusiness.com, a leading multicultural business website. He currently serves on the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneur’s (OAME) advisory board, where he won the 2017 Chairman’s Award.
Mel began working toward a major in Computer Science, with a minor in Japanese. He moved on to pursue a career in Civil Engineering. He received a Master’s in Compliance Administration through the American Contract Compliance Association (ACCA).
His professional career includes over 18 years of experience in land use and civil design, most recently as owner of Rucker LDC, a land development consulting firm, focused on commercial and residential project design.
Mel has a passion for serving those less fortunate. He has worked as the Logistics Coordinator at Royal Family Kids Camp for the last 8 years; serving children in the foster care system, numbering more than 150 campers each session. Mel has volunteered at a sports camp for at-risk youth for the past 5 years. However, he gets his greatest satisfaction from coaching his son’s basketball team.