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Lenny Mendonca

Lenny Mendonca
Lecturer, Economics
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Lenny Mendonca is a director emeritus (retired senior partner) from the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He is a senior fellow at the Presidio Institute. He is also an advisor to several entrepreneurs. 

Lenny founded McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector practice. For many years Lenny led the Firm’s knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the Firm’s communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly. He served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council (its board of directors). Over the course of his career he helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges. 

Lenny is the Chair of Children Now, co-Chair of California Forward, and co-founder and Chair of Fusecorps. He is the Chair Emeritus of the Bay Area Council and the Economic Institute of the Bay Area, and was vice-chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He serves on the boards of Fidelity Charitable,New America,Western Governors University,The Committee for Economic Development, Common Cause, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, The Campaign for Business & Educational Excellence,The Educational Results Partnership,The College Futures Foundation,California Competes,The Opportunity Institute and the Super Bowl 50 Fund. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees for Junior Statesmen of America and the Advisory Boards of QB3 and The Public Policy Institute of California. 

He received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College.

Lenny lives on the Half Moon Bay coast with his wife, Christine. They raised their two daughters, Allie and Rebecca, there and are the founders and owners of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and the Mavericks Beer Company.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Public Management, Stanford GSB, 1987
  • BA, Economics, Harvard University, 1983

Professional Experience

  • Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company, 1983-present
  • Owner, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 2000-present
  • Owner, Mavericks Beer Company, 2000-present

Courses Taught

Degree Courses


This class will analyze the growth in inequality in the US over the last several decades and how that trend is likely to continue or change in the future. We will ask if and how public policy can affect inequality. We will also focus on business'...

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

Service to the Profession

Chair of Boards

  • Co-Founder & Chair, Fusecorps
  • Chair, ChildrenNow
  • Co-Chair, California Forward
  • Chair Emeritus, bay Area Council
  • Chair Emeritus, Economic Institute of the Bay Area

Board Member

  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Board of Trustees for Junior Statesmen of America
  • Advisory Board of QB3
  • The Public Policy Institute of California

Board Service

  • Fidelity Charitable
  • The New American Foundation
  • Western Governors University
  • The Committee for Economic Development
  • Common Cause
  • Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium
  • The Campaign for Business & Educational Excellence
  • The Educational Results Partnership
  • The College Futures Foundation,
  • California Competes
  • The Opportunity Institute
  • Super Bowl 50 Fund

School News

October 6, 2015
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