Jonathan Neman is a Partner/CEO of sweetgreen, the much-loved, organic, farm-to-
table salad shops originating in Washington, D.C. As Co-CEO, Jonathan leads the company on strategy, culture, growth and innovation with his fellow business partners/founders Nicolas Jammet and Nathaniel Ru.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Jonathan graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 2007, where he met Nicolas and Nathaniel. The three entrepreneurs founded sweetgreen during their senior year, opening their first location in Georgetown in August 2007 – just three months out of college. The idea was born from their belief that the community would benefit from a healthy, delicious, and eco-friendly dining option. They passionately believed it was possible to create “food that fits” – your values, your budget, your tastes, your imagination, and your community. Since then, they have built sweetgreen to become the market leader in local, organic, healthy fast food, with over 500 employees and 18 stores throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland and Philadelphia – and newest locations in Boston and New York City opened this past summer.
In 2010, Jonathan and his partners founded sweetlife, which over the last four years has grown to become the region’s largest music and food festival. The event features a curated selection of cutting edge and high profile artists and attracts 20,000 attendees – not to mention outstanding food from top chefs, food trucks, local purveyors and farmers.
The event embraces good living, along with health and well-being, community and sustainability, and leaves a gentle footprint as a carbon-neutral event – a party with a purpose.
sweetgreen has become a local favorite not only for its delicious and healthy fast food, but also for its commitment to local farmers, the community, sustainability, and an outstanding company culture. sweetgreen is a place that unites ideas and concepts commonly thought to sweetgreen believes that food can be both healthy and delicious, high-quality and affordable; that experiences can be both meaningful and fun, hip and wholesome; and that business practices can combine style and substance while being mutually beneficial to the company and community they serve.
The brand has received numerous accolades from the press, including The Washington Post, USA Today, Food & Wine, Forbes, Bloomberg, Washingtonian, CBS, and CNBC, among others. Jonathan and his partners have been selected as Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30: Food & Wine” and Food & be mutually exclusive – not only in business, but also in life.
Wine magazine’s “40 Big Food Thinkers 40 and Under.”