About Jonathan Neman

Jonathan Neman is Co-Founder & CEO of sweetgreen, the destination for simple, seasonal, healthy real food. Jonathan and his co-founders Nathaniel Ru and Nicolas Jammet started sweetgreen in 2007, opening their first location in Georgetown, DC, just three months out of college. The mission driven brand’s strong food ethos, embodiment of passion and purpose, tech-forward thinking and investment in local communities has enabled sweetgreen to disrupt the fast casual space and grow into a national brand with over 100 locations.

Jonathan passionately believes in the democratization of real food – it should be convenient and accessible to everyone, which is why sweetgreen is on a mission to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food.
Jonathan has been recognized as a key innovator in food and business, named to Fast Company’s “50 Most Innovative Companies”, Inc’s “30 Under 30”, Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and Food & Wine’s “40 Big Food Thinkers 40 and Under,” among other accolades.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Jonathan graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Jonathan graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he met fellow sweetgreen Co-Founders, Nathaniel Ru and Nicolas Jammet.

Sweetgreen is loved because...

Virtual happy hours with the company founders, leaders and even outside guests, like academics, help develop collaboration and craft a solution-driven culture.

Jonathan Neman Serves as a Model of Sweetgreen's Values because…


Making decisions always through the lens of our core values. Jonathan Neman, our CEO, is a transparent, approachable and present leader by being in the field with our teams regularly but also having an open door policy.

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