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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.

May 31, 2018
6-8pm
Half Moon Bay
Brewing Company

Dan Shugar and David Hochschild

Brews&Views welcomes Commissioner David Hochschild of the California Energy Commission and Mr. Dan Shugar, Founder and CEO of NEXTracker, to discuss the evolution and upcoming developments anticipated for the renewable energy sector in California and Globally. Mr. Hochschild and Mr. Shugar have decades of experience in renewables; the California Energy Commission is the leading state agenda advancing renewables; and NEXTracker is the global leader is solar structures and systems.

 

MODERATORS

lenny mendonca

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

SPEAKERS

dan shugar

Dan Shugar
Editor and CEO
As Founder and CEO, Mr. Shugar has led NEXTracker from its inception to its acquisition by $26B component manufacturer, Flex, on to achieving the leading market share for solar trackers globally – in three years. As CEO of Solaria Corporation, Mr. Shugar led the company through a 5x annual revenue growth over a three year period. During his leadership as president of SunPower Corporation and president of PowerLight, he oversaw revenue growth from less than $1 million to over $830 million and was responsible for the completion of more than 500 projects serving commercial, industrial, and utility clients worldwide. Mr. Shugar has invented various PV system applications, holds multiple U.S. patents and has published over 50 technical papers. Mr. Shugar holds a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Golden Gate University..

david hochschild

David Hochschild
CA Energy Commissioner
Commissioner Hochschild's career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector. He first got involved in the solar energy field in 2001 in San Francisco as a Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown where he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He went on to co-found the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member advocacy organization promoting solar policies at the local, state and federal level. He served as executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. In 2007-2008, he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.


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

CA State Treasurer Candidate Vivek Viswanathan

Vivek Viswanathan is a Democratic candidate for California State Treasurer. He is running to ensure the stability of California’s finances, push creative new policy ideas, and build trust in government with a campaign that is free of corporate, PAC, or other special interest money.

 

MODERATORS

lenny mendonca

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

SPEAKERS

vivek viswanathan

Vivek Viswanathan is a Democratic candidate for California State Treasurer. He has strong policy experience, having served most recently as special advisor in the office of Governor Jerry Brown and before that a full-time policy advisor to Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign. He is a graduate of Harvard, the University of Cambridge, Stanford Law School, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


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

birdman bats

Birdman Bats company founder Gary Malec and others including Coastsider Cody Silveria.

More Info

Scott Tong of Marketplace.org who was our Brews&Views guest on January 9th discussing his new book A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World, was also on on KQED’s forum. You can listen here.

Michael Correia, Director of Government Relations National Cannabis Assn., was our Brews&Views speaker on January 17th and shares his Brews&Views presentation here.