Member Spotlight: Jeff Meberg
Orange County, CA - November 17 - Orange County native with a penchant for protecting our land, Jeff Meberg loves his city, Laguna Beach, and intends to better it through logical principles. As Chairman of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC), California’s first marine mammal rehabilitation facility whose mission is to inspire ocean stewardship, Meberg blends his philanthropic heart with his drive to improve environmental practices through the free market.
Originally a developer gaining experience building waste recycling sites, Meberg’s interest in politics was sparked by dealing with permitting processes. His intention was to reduce environmental waste and improve recycling projects, but Meberg explained that he constantly ran into issues getting help down from the local level and all the way up to the top.
In Meberg’s experience, for example, he found that there wasn’t one Democratic politician who would help him get a permit with the California Environmental Protection Agency, or CalEPA, a state cabinet-level agency whose mission is “to restore, protect and enhance the environment, to ensure public health, environmental quality and economic vitality.”
“Take the seals or sea lions as the canary in the coal mine. They’re eating fish, the fish are eating the plastics, and so the seals are getting sick,” he explained. “So we’re studying seals and proving just how microplastics are harming them.”
PMMC rescues stranded marine mammals, regularly hosts beach clean-ups, participates in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program for promoting sustainably-caught fish, teaches conservationism by leading by example, researches human interaction’s effects on marine mammals, and provides local students with free educational opportunities such as their Pinniped Pollution Project where grade school students can learn about the rescue, rehabilitation, and release process for marine mammals.
“Let’s logically create laws that make our world sustainable,” Meberg stated.
Early in President Trump’s time in the executive office, the former president faced widespread scrutiny for not signing the Paris Climate Accord. In Meberg’s opinion, despite not having been a huge Trump fan, he was impressed by President Trump’s bold move to not sign the agreement until countries much higher up on the list of world polluters signed the agreement first.
“The United States was far down on the list of polluters in the world while China was the number one biggest polluter. Trump’s point was to make these countries reduce their emissions and then he’d sign it,” Meberg explained.
This logical approach to employing policies which better our planet is also what led Meberg to get involved with the Lincoln Club of Orange County. While attending one of the Freedom Forum events where Dennis Prager spoke, Meberg was introduced to Prager’s logic-based style of building an argument for the first time.
“That blew me away, so I started following him online and other conservatives who would create logical arguments that make the world a better place. I thought to myself, I want to participate in that and so it seems like the best organization to do that in Orange County is the Lincoln Club,” Meberg shared.
Outside of his work with PMMC, Meberg also serves on Glennwood Housing Foundation’s Board of Directors, a local non-profit organization providing housing and services to developmentally or intellectually disabled adults and volunteers his time to LOCA Arts Education, a Laguna Beach nonprofit coalition which provides local arts education workshops to schools, special needs adults, after school clubs, youth shelters, library programs, and more.