Half Moon Bay to Host “Brews and Views” Discussions in November

Half Moon Bay, Calif. – The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company announces two very special installments of Brews and Views this month, inviting members of the community to join organizers for a cold brew and a fresh view on American politics. On November 7, the founder of Not For Sale, David Batstone, will be joined by moderator Greg Galle for a discussion about his campaign against human trafficking. On November 19, Margaret Spring, the Vice President of Conservation and Science at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Dr. Lisa Wooninck, the West Coast Policy Coordinator of the NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, will be visiting the Brewing Company to discuss the conservation of marine life and our oceans.

Brews and Views was created in November 2009 by the co-owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Lenny Mendonca, who is also director of the San Francisco and Washington, D.C. offices of McKinsey & Company. For Mendonca, who grew up listening to Commonwealth Club forums on NPR, it’s an ideal way to involve the public in discussions about everything from economic development to social issues.

On Thursday, November 7, Greg Galle, the co-founder and executive producer of strategy at Future, an innovation development firm, will participate in a discussion with the president and founder of the Not For Sale campaign, David Batstone. In 2001, Batstone discovered that his favorite Bay Area restaurant had been the center of a local human trafficking ring. Since then he has made it his mission to create a world where no one is for sale. His discussion with Greg Galle will discuss how he is fighting modern slavery around the globe using business creation, supply chain evaluation and aftercare aid. 6-8 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; Admission and snacks are complimentary; beer, wine and full menu available for purchase.

On Tuesday, November 19, the topic at hand will be the marine science, conservation and policy efforts of Monterey Bay Aquarium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Ever since the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company opened in 2000, this issue has been especially important as the restaurant is located on the San Mateo County coast and only serves seafood that adheres to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. At this special Brews and Views, Lenny Mendonca will be joined by Margaret Spring, Vice President of Conservation and Science at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Dr. Lisa Wooninck, the West Coast Policy Coordinator of the NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, to discuss the future of our oceans. 6-8 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; Admission and snacks are complimentary; beer, wine and full menu available for purchase.

Ten percent of the proceeds from all dinner sales at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company for these events will be donated to the Cabrillo Education Foundation. To make a reservation or inquire about future Brews and Views topics please call 650-728-2739 or visit www.hmbbrewingco.com.

Speaker Biographies:

David Batstone serves as co-founder and president of Not For Sale. He leads the organization’s strategic and financial opportunities to create tools that engage business, government and grassroots in order to incubate and grow social enterprises to benefit enslaved and vulnerable communities. David has authored five books, is the recipient of two national journalist awards, and was named National Endowment for the Humanities Chair at the University of San Francisco for his work in technology and ethics. He is currently a professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco.

Margaret Spring is the Vice President of Conservation and Science at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Prior to joining the Aquarium in April 2013, Margaret served first as Chief of Staff, then Principal Deputy Under Secretary of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where she worked closely with the NOAA Administrator, NOAA senior leadership and the Department of Commerce to develop and drive strategic priorities with a particular focus on external constituents, interagency initiatives, and administration priorities. From 2007 to 2009, Margaret was Director of the Nature Conservancy’s California Coastal and Marine Program. A graduate of Duke University School of Law and Dartmouth College, Margaret was an environmental attorney at Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C. from 1992 to 1999.

Dr. Lisa Wooninck is Policy Coordinator for the West Coast Region of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, representing five sanctuaries on the west coast. She has worked for various NOAA programs over the past decade, including NOAA Fisheries, the National MPA Center and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Her work focuses on using ecosystem-based management tools to promote an integration of fisheries and conservation. She earned her PhD at UCSB, and served as a Knauss Sea Grant Fellow with Congressman Farr.

Moderator Biographies:

Lenny Mendonca is a director (senior partner) in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.

Lenny is currently the leader of 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, and has served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council (its board of directors). His client work focuses 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 is the Chairman 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 The New America Foundation, The Committee for Economic Development, Common Cause, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation. He is Chairman of ChildenNow, and he is co-Chairman of California Forward. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and founder and chairman of Fuse Corps.

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.

Greg Galle, co-founder at Future, wakes up excited by the possibilities that he works to create with his clients—and what those mean for human kind. He has been exploring how design improves lives through story, experience, visualization, user interface, and innovation for more than 27 years. He has won awards, contributed to books, and helped all kinds of organizations achieve more through design.

Greg Galle has been nationally recognized with awards from: The Clio Awards, Communication Arts Magazine, Critique Magazine, ID Magazine, The NY Art Directors Club, New York Arts Festival, and Western Art Directors Club, among others. The Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art has acquired his Suicide Book for their permanent Book Arts collection. Greg serves as a Fuse Corps Advisor and as a Project M advisor. He is also a board member of Not For Sale, the campaign to end slavery and human trafficking within our lifetime.

Recently selected by Men’s Fitness as one of America’s Top Ten Craft Breweries and by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of America’s Best Beach Bars, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is situated on picturesque Pillar Point Harbor overlooking the Marina in Princeton-by-the Sea. The Brewing Company expertly pairs a family-friendly, come-as-you-are atmosphere with a winning combination of fresh, sustainable seafood, craft beers, live music and an expansive, dog-friendly patio area with blazing fire pits to keep patrons warm on the waterfront. The Brewing Company is a casual coastal venue that has become an institution in the Half Moon Bay area for locals and visitors alike since opening in 2000. With its warm, wood-toned interior, expansive windows to the ocean, and walls dotted with surf memorabilia, the 6,000-square-foot restaurant and bar is reminiscent of a typical California surf shack. Behind the restaurant lie the 1,200 square-foot Mavericks Beer Garden and on-site brewery, where hand-crafted, award-winning Mavericks┬« Beers & Ales are piped directly to the bar. The Mavericks Amber Ale won a bronze medal in the 2012 World Beer Cup, and the Ocho Barril Saison won Best in Show for session beers and the gold medal in the Wood/Smoke Ale category at the California State Fair in June, 2013.

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is located at 390 Capistrano Road in Princeton-by-the-Sea, Calif. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to close; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to close; Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to close. To book a reservation, please call 650-728-BREW (2739) or visit OpenTable.com. Additional information may be found at www.hmbbrewingco.com.

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