Lenny Mendonca

Lenny Mendonca is the founder and owner of Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and Director Emeritus at McKinsey & Company. Lenny grew up on a dairy farm in Turlock, CA, where he developed a passion for public policy as he listened to radio broadcasts on issues related to improving California while he milked cows and did farm chores.

Lenny worked for over 30 years at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he was a director in both the Washington, D.C. and San Francisco offices. He co-founded McKinsey’s public sector practice, and assisted the public sector, non-profits, and corporate clients in strategically addressing management challenges with the intent of bridging the public and private sectors on big issues.

Lenny has also helped shape numerous political agendas in California. He is the founder and Chair of Fuse Corps, an organization that provides local government fellowships to entrepreneurs to help find creative solutions to policy problems. In addition, Lenny worked to amend California’s broken electoral, governance and budgetary system as he spearheaded the union of Joint Venture Silicon Valley leaders with the Bay Area Council to create what became California Forward, which he co-chairs.

In 2000, Lenny opened the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, where he combines two of his passions: policy and homemade brewed beer. He regularly hosts public forums in the back room of his restaurant, where anyone can join policy issue discussions with politicians, policy experts, journalists, and others.

Lenny is a Trustee for the Committee for Economic Development and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, Common Cause, The Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, Children Now, The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation, and the College Futures Foundation.

Lenny graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and earned an M.B.A. at Stanford Business Graduate School.