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Lenny Mendonca

Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom and Director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Lenny Mendonca is the chief economic and business advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom and director of the governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). He is a senior partner emeritus of McKinsey & Company and a lecturer on inequality at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mendonca founded McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public-sector consulting practice. He also oversaw its knowledge development, chairing the McKinsey Global Institute and the firm's communications, including the McKinsey Quarterly. He served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council (its board of directors) and retired from McKinsey in 2014.

He was formerly the chair of New America and Children Now, co-chair of California Forward, and co-founder and chair of Fuse Corps. He was the vice-chair of Common Cause. He is chair emeritus of the Bay Area Council and its Economic Institute and was vice-chair of the Stanford GSB Advisory Council. He was a trustee at the Committee for Economic Development. He served on the boards of Fidelity Charitable, Western Governors University, UC Merced, The Educational Results Partnership, The College Futures Foundation, California Competes, The Opportunity Institute, Commonwealth Club, National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers, and The Guardian.org. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees for Junior Statesmen of America, and the advisory boards of Y Analytics, QB3, the Haas Center at Stanford, Third Sector Capital, the CA Community College Chancellor's Office, and the Public Policy Institute of California.

He received his MBA and certificate in public management from Stanford. He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard.