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Presidio Institute Announces Lenny Mendonca as Senior Fellow

​​​​​ Presidio of San Francisco (March 31, 2015)- The Presidio Institute, an initiative of the Presidio Trust that builds upon the Presidio's legacy of service and public-private partnerships, announced that Lenny T. Mendonca, retired senior partner at the McKinsey Co. global consulting firm, will serve as a Senior Fellow at the Institute. Mendonca is one of 13 nominees for San Francisco Chronicle's inaugural Visionary of the Year award, which salutes leaders who strive to make the world a better place and drive social and economic change by employing new, innovative business models and practices. Mendonca will work with the Presidio Institute to provide direction on its goal to broaden cross sector leadership education platform and programs.

​"I've always been drawn to new opportunities to influence and reshape the dialogue around civic innovation and problem-solving," said Mendonca. "The work being done at the Presidio Institute around cross sector leadership development builds bridges to connect the problem-solving muscle of the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors. It is an exciting new movement that has a dedicated and appropriate home at the Institute, and I'm glad to be part of it."

​Mendonca currently acts as the Chair of Children Now, co-Chair of California Forward, and 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 about a dozen state private and nonprofit groups in which he has an active role.​

​"We are thrilled to have Lenny join the Presidio Institute team and I'm honored to have the opportunity to build this movement together," said David B. Smith, the Managing Director of the Presidio Institute. "He is an amazing example of a cross sector leader who has proven his ability to align business, nonprofit and government to forge lasting solutions to complex challenges."

Mendonca's past work focused on service to public sector organizations and has helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges. Mendonca said that he has been gifted to be, for decades, part of a firm whose corporate culture has been built on the fundamental belief that "you were part of a community -- and it was your job to give back."   

​​As the founder and owner of Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Lenny lives on the Half Moon Bay coast, where he and his wife Christine raised their two daughters. He regularly hosts "Mavericks'Brews and Views" where legislators, national experts, pollsters and journalists meet for discussions on policy and problems to "spark real answers about real issues" says Mendonca. He is currently writing a book with economist Laura D'Andrea Tyson exploring the issues of innovation in areas like healthcare, education and job creation.   

​​Mendonca joins an established and innovative Presidio Institute staff in his role, including:

  • David B. Smith, Managing Director of Presidio Institute,former Executive Director of the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and
  • Alison Gold, Manager of Leadership Education, former Assistant Director of Knowledge and Impact at Living Cities
  • David Styers, Manager of Program and Business Development, formerly at the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, BoardSource, and Points of Light
  • ​Rob Gordon, Project Manager,former Chief Digital Office for America's Promise Alliance
  • Other key staff include project coordinators Aimee Vincent and Anna Sanders

About the Presidio Insitute

The Presidio Institute, a Presidio Trust initiative, is located at historic Fort Scott, a stunning 20-acre campus overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Building on the Presidio's legacy of service and public-private partnerships, the Presidio Institute offers leadership development programs and convenes events that equip and connect champions for change.

The Presidio Institute believes that communities can more effectively confront complex challenges and achieve positive impact throughcross sector collaboration. By engaging individuals, nonprofits, foundations, academic institutions, government agencies, and private businesses they aim to build a stronger pipeline of leaders who can stand up to the tests of our times. To learn more, visit:

About the Presidio Trust 

The Presidio Trust, a federal agency, is an innovation in the management of a treasured American place. The Trust was created to save the Presidio and transform it for a new national purpose. The Trust's vision is that the Presidio will forever be a public place: vital to the Bay Area, important to all Americans, and recognized for achieving broad benefits for the nation. Today, the Presidio welcomes visitors, is home to a vibrant community of residents and tenants, and inspires greater good through programs that draw on its history and natural resources. The Presidio Trust serves the public with events, lodging, venues and recreational opportunities. To learn more, visit ​​