Vincent M. Mekles is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group based in New York, NY and Parsippany, NJ. He has nearly 10 years of experience across the public and private sectors advising executives and senior management on a range of diverse and complex matters. Mr. Mekles has managed the development and implementation of large projects and initiatives, having coordinated New Jersey’s multi-billion dollar response to Hurricane Sandy. Mr. Mekles has also worked as a litigation associate at a top-tier global law firm.
At Ankura, Mr. Mekles evaluates the independent and interdependent environmental, technological, socioeconomic and regulatory risks facing critical facilities, private companies and government agencies. Based on these risk analyses, Mr. Mekles helps clients develop and oversee the implementation of targeted and practical risk reduction strategies that enhance resilience and maximize return on investment.
Before joining Ankura, Mr. Mekles served as Deputy Executive Director of the New Jersey’s Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding. In that role, he was responsible for developing, coordinating and overseeing all aspects of the state’s multi-billion dollar recovery effort that followed Hurricane Sandy, a Presidentially-declared disaster event and the most destructive storm in New Jersey history. Mr. Mekles assisted with identifying storm impacts across the housing, economic, infrastructure, and health and social services sectors and developed programs and projects that layered different funding streams in order to holistically address New Jersey’s recovery needs. Many of the infrastructure initiatives incorporated innovative, cost-effective, compliant and implementable solutions that enhanced resilience of vulnerable assets.
Mr. Mekles also assisted in the development of the New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank, the nation’s first clean energy infrastructure bank focused on financing resilient distributed energy resource technologies at critical facilities. He also assisted with developing and implementing nearly $2.5 billion of projects to repair and make resilient New Jersey’s transit system, bridges and roadways and other transportation assets, including NJ Transitgrid, a first-of-its-kind transportation microgrid. Among others, he worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on more than $1 billion in engineered beaches and flood control projects, the Federal Emergency Management Agency on more than $1 billion in public assistance projects, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a nearly $275 million investment in clean water and drinking water system resilience projects, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on more than $2.5 billion in housing reconstruction, elevation and mitigation projects.
Prior to joining the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding, Mr. Mekles served as a litigation associate at the law firm of Latham & Watkins, LLP. There, he focused on complex commercial litigations, corporate investigations, and employment and securities matters. Mr. Mekles directly advised executive leadership and senior managers of various large, publicly-traded and private corporations on governance matters, risk assessments and litigation decisions. Before his tenure at Latham & Watkins, he had the honor of serving as a law clerk to Justice Jaynee LaVecchia of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Mr. Mekles received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Richmond and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School. He is admitted to practice law in federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey.