May 3 Brews & Views: An Insider’s View of Health Reform


By on Mon, April 30, 2012


“An Insider’s View of Health Reform”

Free public forum welcomes Bob Kocher, MD,
former Special Assistant of Healthcare and Economic Policy to President Obama, and moderator Lenny Mendonca,
Director of McKinsey & Company and founder of the
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

How to tackle health reform in America is a question that has no simple answer. Bob Kocher, MD, the former Special Assistant of Healthcare and Economic Policy to President Obama, will join us for a timely discussion about the ongoing health care debate. A shaper of the healthcare reform legislation in the Obama Administration and one of the leaders of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” childhood obesity initiative, Dr. Kocher is currently a partner at Venrock, one of the country’s leading venture capital firms that has made impressive advancements in cancer, anti-infective and auto-immune therapies. At the May 3rd Brews and Views, Dr. Kocher will discuss health reform, the imperative of deficit reduction, the Supreme Court and implications of the Presidential election with Lenny Mendonca, Director of global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
6 to 8 p.m.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
390 Capistrano Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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

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Speaker Biography:

Bob Kocher, MD

Bob Kocher is a partner at Venrock and focuses on healthcare IT and services investments. He currently serves on the board of Castlight and the advisory boards of Harvard Medical School Health Care Policy Department, USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, National Institute of Healthcare Management, and ChildObesity180. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Engleberg Center for Health Reform and Co-Chair of the Health Data initiative, a joint effort of HHS and the Institute of Medicine, to release healthcare data to spur private sector innovation to improve healthcare cost and quality, and the board of the Hope Street Group.

Prior to Venrock, Bob served in the Obama Administration as Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy and a member of the National Economic Council.  In the Obama Administration, Bob was one of the shapers of the healthcare reform legislation focusing on cost, quality, and delivery system reform.  He was one of the leaders of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” childhood obesity initiative, led the formation of the Partnership for a Healthier America and served on the Federal Advisory Panel charged with developing a national obesity strategy. Prior to the White House, he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company where he led McKinsey Global Institute’s healthcare economics work and Center for U.S. Health Reform as well as worked with the various constituencies in the healthcare ecosystem to improve health policy, productivity, clinical outcomes, and patient experience.

Bob received undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington and a medical degree from George Washington University.  He completed a research fellowship with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Institutes of Health, and went on to complete his internal medicine residency training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School.

Moderator Biography:
Lenny Mendonca is a Director in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.

Lenny is on the Shareholders’ Council of McKinsey (its board of directors) and for many years led the firm’s knowledge development efforts 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, Children Now, 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.