Brews & Views this Thursday: Clean-Energy Technology Innovation


By on Tue, May 3, 2011

“Clean-Energy Technology Innovation: Will the US build on its current market leadership or cede to the Chinese?”

Free public forum at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company welcomes Matt Rogers, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for the Recovery Act, with moderator Lenny Mendonca of McKinsey & Company

On Thursday, May 5, at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, the public is invited to participate in a discussion with special guest Matt Rogers, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for the Recovery Act, to discuss the future of energy technology innovation and what the U.S. will have to do to keep up with a very competitive world market. Lenny Mendonca, cofounder of the Brewing Company and director of McKinsey & Company, will moderate the discussion.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed California’s clean-energy bill on April 12, mandating that 33% of California’s electricity will have to be from renewable sources by the year 2020. Brown is predicting the change will help “jump-start” the state’s economy. During the signing Brown stated, “Its about California leading the country. It’s America potentially leading the world.” Can the clean-energy industry bring California, and perhaps the country, back into a global market? Or is it too little too late for the state to compete in an industry that has already excelled in bar-rising countries such as China?

Before holding the title of Senior Advisor to the Secretary for the Recovery Act, Rogers established San Francisco-based McKinsey & Company’s Clean Technology practice and led their American Petroleum Practice and North American Electric Power and Natural Gas practices. For over 20 years, Rogers consulted with leading oil companies and utilities globally. He served on the Obama Presidential Transition Team in a special effort to develop opportunities to reduce energy costs and increase renewable content in federal energy procurement.

Ten percent of the proceeds from all dinner sales at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company for this event will be donated to the Cabrillo Education Foundation.

Thursday, May 5, 2011
6 to 8 p.m.

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
390 Capistrano Road, Princeton-by-the-Sea, Calif.

Admission and snacks are complimentary. Beer, wine, and other beverages will be available for sale at the event.

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Speaker Biography:
Matt Rogers is currently the senior advisor to the Secretary of Energy for the Recovery Act. Previously, he was a senior partner in McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office, where he played a leading role in developing McKinsey’s perspectives on global energy supply/demand and greenhouse gas abatement economics.

After graduating magna cum laude from Princeton University, he joined Credit Suisse First Boston as an energy investment-banking analyst. He went on to earn an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management.

Roger is married to the Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who serves as a California Superior Court Judge on the Alameda County bench. They have three children, ages 13, 10, and 7.

Moderator Biography:
Lenny Mendonca is a director in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He is also on the Shareholders’ Council of McKinsey (its board of directors), and for many years led the firm’s knowledge development efforts in overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the firm’s communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly. His client work is focused on service to public sector organizations, and over the course of his career he has helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges.

Lenny has led several McKinsey research efforts.  He has written and spoken extensively on globalization, productivity, economic development and competitiveness, corporate social responsibility, regulation, education, health care, financial services, and corporate strategy.

Lenny is the chairman emeritus of the Bay Area Council, chairman of the Economic Institute of the Bay Area, and vice chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.  He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, Common Cause, California Forward, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, ChildrenNow, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation.  He is also a trustee for the Committee for Economic Development.

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, south of San Francisco, with his wife and two daughters, where he is the founder and owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.


Brews and Views is the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s regular speakers series that tackles public issues that affect us all, from the Coastside of California to Washington, DC. Started by Lenny Mendonca, the founder of the Brewing Company and director at McKinsey & Company, Brews and Views serves as both a free public forum and fundraiser for Coastside nonprofit organizations (ten percent of all dinner proceeds are donated to a local nonprofit after each event). Previous notable guests include renowned forecaster Paul Saffo, managing director of foresight at Discern Analytics; Charles Kolb, president of the Committee for Economic Development; Mike McCurry, former press secretary for President Bill Clinton; Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle’s political reporter; and California State Assemblyman Jerry Hill.