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Our monthly, or bi-monthly, free speakers series that tackles everything from environmental issues and economic development to social change and politics. Started by Lenny Mendonca, the founder and owner of the Brewing Company, Brews and Views serves as both a free public forum and philanthropy; part of the evening dining proceeds benefit the Cabrillo Education Foundation.

September 11, 2018
6-8pm
Half Moon Bay
Brewing Company

Protect our Farmland - Build Affordable Housing?

hlcThe Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County (HLC), invites you to join us as at Brews&Views on September 11th. Hear Rich Gordon (CEO of CA Forestry Assc. and former State Assembly Speaker), San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, and Ben Wright (Farmland Program Manager for POST) discuss the past, present and future of development on the coastside. How does building farmworker housing help protect our farmland? Come to find out!

 

MODERATORS

lenny mendonca

Lenny Mendonca, co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company.

SPEAKERS

rich gordon

Rich Gordon is the President/CEO of the California Forestry Association. Calforests is the trade association for the forest resources industry and, as such, seeks to be recognized as a leader in the vitality of California’s economy and environment while providing natural wood products from healthy sustainable forests.

don horsley

Don Horsley was first elected the Third District Supervisor on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in November 2011. A former police officer who went on to become the elected San Mateo County Sheriff, Don is a native of San Francisco, although he grew up in Daly City. He attended Westmoor High School and earned his undergraduate degree, with honors, from San Francisco State University

ben wright

Ben Wright is a conservation innovator with a proven and diverse background building from field research, community engagement, GIS analysis, and policy evaluation, to global conservation assessment and regional land protection projects. He's an effective communicator with an established fundraising track record who is accustomed to managing multi-priority workloads and fostering collaborative partnerships for growing organizations.


September 17, 2018
6-8pm
Mavericks Event Center
107 Broadway, Half Moon Bay, CA

Special Reception for Common Cause

All are welcome to a reception with California Common Cause. Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. Meet National President Karen Hobert Flynn, Executive Director Kathay Feng and more. Hosted by National Governing Board Vice Chair Lenny Mendonca, RSVP required. Details here.

 

MODERATORS

lenny mendonca

Lenny Mendonca, co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company.


September 20, 2018
6-8pm
Half Moon Bay
Brewing Company

It is Rocket Science!

Join us for a special discussion with local scientist Michael Levin and aerospace engineer Robert Cleave who both have storied careers in the defense and space industry.

 

MODERATORS

lenny mendonca

Lenny Mendonca, co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company.

SPEAKERS

robert cleave

Robert Cleave is Vice President, Vector Launch, Inc. a new company revolutionizing space access, and has over 30 years experience in the space industry as an engineer, program manager, and general manager with P&L responsibility.

michael levin

Michael Levin, recently retired, was a Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow and the Chief Scientist for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, a unique missile defense interceptor system deployed at multiple locations worldwide.


October 4, 2018
6-8pm
Half Moon Bay
Brewing Company

Local Entrepreneur Birdman Bats

Meet the crew from Birdman Bats - handmade bats made in the SF Bay Area. Birdman Bats create bats that drip with personality, with each cut representing that "one of a kind" feel.

 

MODERATORS

lenny mendonca

Lenny Mendonca, co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company.

SPEAKERS

gary malec

Gary Malec grew up in Southern New Jersey where he played baseball until High School when severe knee injuries led him away from the game. After moving to California he found adult baseball leagues that helped reignite his passion for the game. Gary’s initial foray into back making came from his dissatisfaction with bats sold at sporting goods stores. He started making his own bats and after using one of his brother’s sketches of a birdman on a bat, Birdman Bats was born. Malec later enlisted Lars Anderson, Cody Silveria, and Tim Cusick.

cody silveria

Cody Silveria grew up in Half Moon Bay, California, where he played baseball from a very young age. Silveria dreamed of playing Major League Baseball but after college realized it was not a reality for him. After working for a year or so, he had the urge to get back into the game and got together with an old college teammate, Gary Malec, who was making Birdman Bats by hand at the time. Now, after just a year and a half, Birdman Bats is an official bat supplier of the MLB.


October 16, 2018
6-8pm
Half Moon Bay
Brewing Company

Third Sector: Transforming Government for Social Impact

Meet Caroline Whistler, co-founder and CEO of Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. Third Sector’s vision is a future where $1 trillion in annual government spending drives measurably and continuously improved outcomes for the most vulnerable Americans.

 

MODERATORS

lenny mendonca

Lenny Mendonca, co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company.

SPEAKERS

caroline whistler

Caroline Whistler is co-founder and CEO of Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc., where she leads the firm’s work accelerating America’s transition to a performance-driven social sector. Under her leadership, Third Sector has transitioned $365M in public funding to outcomes-oriented contracts, focusing those resources on improving solutions for key social issues including homelessness, mental illness and family economic mobility.


November 1, 2018
6-8pm
Half Moon Bay
Brewing Company

2018 Elections

What will happen on November 6th? Join us for a conversation with Alex Evans, current Chief of Staff for Congressman Eric Swalwell and President of EMC Research, a full service public opinion and market research company with offices all across the U.S., and conducts all types of quantitative and qualitative market and opinion research for corporations, political campaigns, and public agencies/entities.

 

MODERATORS

lenny mendonca

Lenny Mendonca, co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company.

SPEAKERS

alex evans

Alex Evans Chief of Staff for Congressman Eric Swalwell of CA 15th Congressional District, and President of EMC Research. He has extensive experience in the design and execution of stratified proportional sampling plans, questionnaire development, all forms of opinion research, focus groups, voter polls, strategic design and development and public policy analysis. Alex has conducted over two thousand public opinion studies. He has polled in every state and throughout the western United States.


November 13, 2018
6-8pm
Half Moon Bay
Brewing Company

Maya Enista Smith

Join us for a discussion with Maya Enista Smith, Executive Director of Born This Way Foundation. The Foundation was founded by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta in 2012, and is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world.

 

MODERATORS

lenny mendonca

Lenny Mendonca, co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company.

SPEAKERS

maya enesta smith

Maya Smith, Executive Director of the Born This Way Foundation, has over a decade of experience in the youth empowerment, civic engagement, and community development fields. Maya proudly serves as the first Executive Director of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. During her tenure, Born This Way Foundation has engaged a diverse array of partners across sectors as well as young people themselves to conduct innovative research, build authentic youth-focused programming, and lead effective campaigns that foster kindness and advance the conversation around mental health.


December 6, 2018
6-8pm
Half Moon Bay
Brewing Company

Angelo Siracusa

Join us for a discussion with Angelo Siracusa, Director Emeritus of BRIDGE Housing Corporation. Previously Angelo served as the President of the Bay Area Council, a non-profit public policy organization, which he headed for 24 years.

 

MODERATORS

lenny mendonca

Lenny Mendonca, co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company.

SPEAKERS

Angelo Siracusa Siracusa served as President of Bay Area Council for 24 years. In 1981, the council under Angelo Siracusa reported that there was a 300,000-unit regional housing shortage, with housing starts falling behind need by over 5,000 units per year. Siracusa was an early opponent of the Bay Area-invented syndrome known as “Not In My Back Yard.” and attempted to counter it by forming the Bay Area Council’s Housing Action Task Force (HATF), and helped create Bridge Housing Corporation.


December 13, 2018
6-8pm
Half Moon Bay
Brewing Company

wounds of warVeterans Affairs

Join us for a discussion with author Suzanne Gordon who wrote “Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans”.

 

MODERATORS

lenny mendonca

Lenny Mendonca, co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company.

SPEAKERS

suzanne gordon

Suzanne Gordon is co-editor of a Cornell University Press series on The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work. She has written or co-authored many books, most recently The Battle for Veterans’ Healthcare and Beyond The Checklist. For more information, visit SuzanneCGordon.com.


More info

Look for another Brews&Views in early 2019 addressing the housing crisis. Here is an article from McKinsey Global Institute about closing CA’s housing gap.